Common Sounds That Can Cause Permanent Hearing Loss

Daily driving a motorcycle or convertible vehicle can contribute to hearing loss.

Daily driving a motorcycle or convertible vehicle can contribute to hearing loss.

Statistics show that some 14 percent of people between the ages of 45 and 64, and one in three age 65 and older experience some degree of hearing loss. Some hearing loss is attributed to natural causes like age, earwax buildup or otosclerosis, an overgrowth of the middle ear bone. But in most cases, it can be attributed to noise exposure.

Noise is all around us every hour of every day. That’s concerning because hearing loss can occur after just a one-time noise exposure at 120 decibels, such as gunfire, or with continuous exposure to noise at levels of 85 decibels or above over a prolonged period of time.

Here are just a few common noises that can cause permanent damage to your hearing:

85-100 decibels:

  • Garbage trucks
  • Power mowers
  • Motorcycles
  • Convertible vehicles
  • Jackhammers

110-140 decibels:

  • Music concerts
  • Home stereo speakers at maximum volume
  • Jet engines
  • Firecrackers
  • Nail guns
  • Ambulance sirens
  • Chainsaws
  • Home stereo speakers at maximum volume

It’s important to know that just one minute of exposure to noises at levels of 110 decibels or higher can result in permanent hearing loss. The good news is that noise-induced hearing damage can be prevented by avoiding or limiting exposure to certain noises and by wearing ear plugs when you know you’ll be in high-noise situations.

If you already have suffered noise-induced hearing loss, you have several options to help improve or restore hearing. These include amplifying systems and hearing aids. Call 904-461-6060 to schedule a consultation at St. Augustine Ear, Nose and Throat’s St. Augustine or Ponte Vedra locations.

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