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It’s not just our hearing that’s at risk from noise

Post on 1st October 2018

Modern life can be a noisy affair where it’s difficult to escape the cacophony of noise from loud music to traffic sounds, jets overhead, construction work and a lot more besides.

There are times when we just want to turn the volume down and escape to a quiet, relaxing space.

Noise is not just annoying; prolonged exposure to certain types of sound can have a major impact on our well-being.  A study by Mainz University Medical Centre in Germany has found that an increasing amount of noise can throw the heart out of rhythm and this irregular heart beat can lead to blood clots, stroke and heart failure.

This and other research underlines the need to limit our long-term exposure to noise, especially when it comes to our hearing health.

Loud noise can damage or destroy the sensitive hair cells in our ears which we need to send signals to our brain so we can hear and understand. Noise-induced hearing loss is a concern because the damage cannot be undone.

It’s advisable therefore to do all we can to limit our exposure to noise to protect our hearing and general health. If noise is stressing you out it can affect your mood, increase your blood pressure and blood sugar too.

There are actions we can take. For example if you work in a noisy environment, always use hearing protection. When listening to music, especially with headphones, try to keep the volume under 89 decibels and reduce the length of time you listen to it.  Quality noise-cancelling headphones for mobile devices are a good investment so you don’t have to turn your music or podcast up to hear it over background sounds.

When you’re going to clubs or live music events good quality ear protectors or earplugs are also recommended.

It makes sense to look after your hearing. If you have any concerns about hearing loss you can find help and advice and free hearing checks at your local Scrivens branch.