How Likely Are You to Develop Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?
It is not uncommon to experience some degree of auditory impairment as you age. Known as presbycusis, auditory acuity begins to lessen towards the end of the third decade and continues to decline slowly, often without any noticeable difficulties until quite late in life. Some individuals may be born deaf and others become so as a result of ear infections, certain illnesses, or injury. While such incidences are essentially unavoidable, the most common form of hearing loss encountered today is noise-induced and preventable with just a few simple precautions.
For many of the Gautengers now contending with the onset of winter, the concept of ear protection is unlikely to extend much further than thoughts of a thick woollen scarf or a beanie to keep those vulnerable, exposed appendages warm. In practice, however, there is a far more important reason to keep them covered up, and it has nothing to do with the weather. More prevalent today than at any other time in the past, and on the increase worldwide, that more important role is to protect the wearer from the risk of noise-induced hearing loss or NIHL.
Only Custom Ear Protection Can Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Effectively
Anyone who has attended a live rock concert or even stood in the lobby of a typical night club venue is likely to have found it near impossible to hold a conversation. Sadly, however, exposure to sounds at this sort of level is likely to prove far more than an inconvenient barrier to verbal interaction with others. It is almost certain that on at least one occasion such as this, the sound of the music was so loud that it caused you physical pain. However, there is seldom pain without some underlying damage, and so the probability is that, in the absence of custom ear protection, you would have experienced some degree of damage to certain specialised sensory cells located in the innermost regions of your ears.