The Ultimate Guide to Hearing Health
The lovely team over at Best Hearing Health got in touch with me recently to share their guide to hearing health. They’ve put together an informative infographic which shows the dB levels of some commonly known sounds. Let us know what you think in the comments below, over on Facebook or on Twitter.
The Ultimate Guide To Hearing Health
The damage that occurs to our hearing and our auditory system can be irreversible, and once it happens, it can have devastating effects on our daily lives.
Hearing loss has been linked to declines in the quality of our relationships, depression and even other health concerns like heart disease.
Over time and as part of the ageing process we naturally experience hearing loss at some level, but for the most part, this is a gradual decline that’s not very noticeable.
For some people, that decline can happen more dramatically than for others, or it can occur more quickly.
While it’s difficult to stop the effects of ageing on hearing, there are certain things that we expose our ears to on a daily basis that might cause damage or could lead to more rapid declines in the functionality of our auditory system.
So, How Loud Is Dangerous?
One question a lot of people have is, “How loud is too loud?” If you work in noisy environments, love to go to concerts, or have been exposed to a loud blast, you may be at risk for noise-induced hearing loss.
The human ear is a fragile system, but there are measures that you can take to protect your hearing if you know you will be in a noisy situation.
85 dB SPL, which is about the sound level of heavy city traffic, is considered the upper limit for what is safe for your ears for an extended period of time.
Normal conversation usually falls around 60 dB SPL. Beyond 85 dB SPL, you should be careful to wear hearing protection for any amount of time.
The higher the noise level, the less time you should be near it without hearing protection.
Many people have experienced a temporary hearing loss or ringing in their ears after being exposed to loud noise.
This is called a Temporary Threshold Shift (TTS).
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Although it may seem harmless, a TTS is no joke.
Over time, this noise exposure will add up to cause permanent damage and irreversible hearing loss.
If you’re ever questioning if you should be wearing protection in a noisy environment, chances are, you should.
When it comes to your hearing, it is better to be safe than sorry.