When was the last time you found yourself in a place in complete silence in a serene environment? Is that silence almost deafening? In this fast paced life, we are mostly preoccupied with work and as we try to relax, we still tend to distract our minds through the use of various media to entertain ourselves. So, to stop and smell the flowers isn’t a popular pastime for most of us these days.
To keep up with the hustle and bustle of city living, most of us have adapted to the noisy environment we’re living in. This includes the non-stop noises coming from the streets, the notifications and alarms from our mobile phones and gadgets, and the unavoidable noises of our workplace.
Lengthy exposure to loud sounds and the intensity of those sounds can rupture your eardrums that will likely result in hearing loss and there are cases that it can permanently damage your hearing. We may not identify it as Noise-Induced hearing loss because it is usually a long, slow painless process. However, it can happen to anyone who was exposed to a loud sound even if the exposure is only less than a second short. The blast from a firearm, or the scream and screech of a dragster engine firing up, or even the loud sound from a concert speaker are just some of the loud sounds that can cause immediate noise-induced hearing loss.
Then again before you even notice the symptoms of hearing loss, your exposure to loud noise will first affect your mood and productivity. It’s going to give you a hard time to concentrate on things that you need to put your attention to. When you can’t focus, you’ll feel annoyed and cranky which will make you feel more tired than ever. This can then greatly affect your relationship towards your co-workers and even your family members.
With this knowledge, audiologists highly recommend the use protective measures when going to events or places with loud noises.
The use of hearing protective devices like earplugs and earmuffs are both popular ways to protect your ears as they are cheap and readily available at local stores and you can even have them delivered right to your doorstep by ordering them online.
Noise-cancelling headphones are also gaining a competitive advantage especially for people whose job requires 8 hours of complete ear protection against higher frequency noises. These are usually people who work in call centers, the music and media industry, airports and in construction or in factories as well.
Cutting down the noise in our environment seems like a tough challenge, especially if it is unavoidable due to our job requirements and responsibilities. Protecting our hearing also involves awareness and lifelong commitment. AvXperten infographics laid it all out for us! Everything we need to know and understand about keeping up in a noisy environment without risking hearing loss can be found there.