Perhaps you already made a habit of listening to heavy loud volumes and you sometimes wonder if that loud bass is something good for you and your ears. Then you need to know that those high volumes are not good for you. And if you do not act fast in guarding against spoiling your ear, you might end up saying goodbye to your hearing before you think.
You may still enjoy the fantasy and not feel any damage yet, but you need to understand that you might have lost some of your hearing already without knowing it. This is because the damage done to the ears is not a one-time thing but a slow gradual process until it eventually becomes irreversible and you become unnecessarily pitiful in the sight of friends and family.
And if you are already feeling the damage, for instance, you often experience that ringing sound called Tinnitus in your ears, and yet you are not doing anything about it, then you should know that you have only got a few years before your hearing loss becomes irredeemable. You need to understand that there is no activity on the globed that is worth giving up the future of your precious hearing. You are entitled to enjoying your earing every time you need it so you should do everything to protect and prevent it from getting damaged.
So how does your hearing system function, what can lead to hearing loss and how can you prevent the damage?
The Hearing System
In the most simple term and without being overtly technical, you have to understand that in the very deep section of your ears, there is a lot of small hairs so much that anytime you experience a sound these hairs will vibrate and send some signals to your brain in order to interpret or give you a feeling of some sound occurrence. Again there are many different hairs in your deep ear and each collection of the hair reacts to a particular sound frequency. One group can deal with the high pitch sound while the other would deal with the low pitch sound. There is one particular type of these groups called The Cilia. These are the ones that deal with the high volumes you hear. However, you need to understand that unlike other hairs on your body, the hairs in your ear and in particular the Cilia, are one of the hairs that will never grow back when they get damaged.
What Leads to Hearing Loss
What leads to you losing your hearing is when you expose the Cilia in your ears to very loud volumes. With this your Cilia get damaged. This is because the high volumes of sound can totally flatten your normally upright Cilia. As you expose your Cilia to very high volumes they continue to bend and bend from the pressure that comes from these loud sounds. Then it can get to a level where they can not rise again. And as a result you might lose your hearing permanently.
One good question to ask is what sound can you consider as high if the usual sound measurement, decibels are used. Well, studies have confirmed that the safest and best noise level for the ears starts below 85 decibels. However, any noise level that reaches the 120 decibels is likely to inflict severe damage to the ears. And yet almost all music concerts are inclined towards the 120 decibels and above. This is very inimical if care is not taken. Usually the noise level of a whisper goes at 30 decibels and the noise level of very loud sounds (such as the highest volume of a device) ranges around the 120 decibels. Although it may be melodious a 120-decibel music sound is as loud as high as the continuous hitting sounds coming from loud heavy tools such as metal hammer or gunshots. And most musical instruments such as the guitar, keyboard, and the drums in particular. The noise levels of most of these musical instruments do not get below 110 however, they can go as high as 130 decibels or even more! This implies that you can only stay near these instruments for some very few minutes else your hearing might get damaged permanently. When you are exposed to these high sounds, you start to develop tinnitus, a continuous ringing sound in your ears. Depending on how damaged your hearing is, this ringing sound can get as high as 70 decibels, which is similar to the noise level of a loud conversation. You sure don’t want to live with that.
So as for the big question of what do you do to prevent hearing loss? Well, since losing your hearing ability is a gradual process. This means that as you expose yourself constantly to loud noise some of your hearing function might have gotten damaged even before you realize it. And the problem might be too late when you start to detect the problem. As a result the safest step is to take the necessary precautions in preventing hearing loss.
So to prevent hearing loss, You can simply go to a pharmacy store and purchase some earplugs. You can ask the necessary questions and advice from the pharmacist in trying to get the suitable earplugs for your ears. Read the product guide and try a couple of them out to see which one is the best for you. The foam earplugs are better however you can choose the plastic or rubber type also. They are reusable and long-lasting.