Noise and Hearing Conservation
According to the National Center of Disease Statistics, 5.2 million children between the ages of 6-19 years have hearing loss directly related to noise exposure.
The Occupation Safety and Health Administration estimates that nearly 5 million Americans work in levels of noise that are potentially harmful to their hearing.
Although the definition of "noise" may be interpreted on a personal basis, it can be described simply as unwanted sound. Unwanted sound, or noise, can result in hearing loss, which is known as noise-induced hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can be instantaneous and caused by just one single exposure to a very loud sound (like a firecracker or gunshot). NIHL can also be caused by cumulative exposure to loud sounds which gradually build over time to cause the hearing loss. So, even though hearing loss due to loud sound may not always be evident immediately, NIHL may be present later, in teenagers or adulthood. Any reduction in the overall lifetime noise "dose" will be good for hearing in later years.
What should you do if you suspect a NIHL? The audiologists at CHSC can assess your hearing to determine if a loss is present and make recommendations regarding hearing protection and conservation including customized noise earplugs. To schedule an appointment with an audiologist, please contact our University Circle, South Euclid or Broadview Heights offices.