It’s important to take good care of your ears. But this is becoming increasingly difficult. As industry and technology have made its advances, the world has become noisier and noisier. And even getting out of noisy centers doesn’t guarantee safety from being exposed to loud sounds on a regular basis. Frequent loud noises and sustained loud noises can be more harmful than you may think. So it is helpful to do what you can to protect your precious hearing, so that it can stay around for as long as it can, even if you wear hearing aids that use directional microphones.
A lot more than just your ears are affected by loud sounds. Your hearing is a sensory thing, which means it is deeply wired into your nervous system. Have you ever been startled by a loud noise and you began to feel your heart rate increase or you start to tremble? That’s an example of noise stress. Loud noises can alter your mood. You may find that you are more irritable or anxious. Loudness can also weaken your immune system by setting off a chain of events. The loud sound causes your body to release cortisol which in turn elevates blood pressure and blood sugar levels. These increases, especially when experienced regularly, negatively impact the immune system, making it more susceptible to attacks. You may even find it hard to concentrate and stay focused or sleep less soundly.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss
If you experience loud sounds on a regular basis you may experience noise induced hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is not reversible, but it is preventable. Musicians, hunters, tarmac employees, and construction workers are just a few occupations that are more likely to experience this. Hearing is a very complex system that involves sound waves, tiny hair cells, electrical impulses tiny bones and your nervous system. Repeated exposure to loud noises can permanently damage those tiny hair cells. These hair cells do not regenerate, so once they’ve been damaged, that’s all there is. Your hearing will be forever affected.
Now that you know about some preventable scenarios that pertain to your hearing, you may be wondering what you can do to protect your ears. Of course, there are some sounds that you cannot escape, but for those that you can avoid, it is best to do so. There are a lot of things you can do to protect your ears. You can wear earplugs when engaging in loud activities, whether they be recreational or occupational. You can keep your volume down as low as comfortable when watching television or listening to music. It also helps to be mindful of the volume on your headphones and earbuds.
When you find that you can’t protect yourself from loud sounds, try to move away from it. And have your hearing tested regularly to be aware of any changes. Being aware of the sounds around you can do more than you might think. So, be kind to your ears.