Noise, a cause of hearing loss

Written by: Dr. Alejandro Harguindey Antolí-Candela
Published: | Updated: 14/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Noise can be a cause of hearing loss, it ie hearing loss. In fact, every noise above 90 decibels (dB) can be harmful to the ear. Thus, both the constant noise (motorbike, ambulance, building, discos, concerts, etc.) and specific noises (a firecracker or a shot) can be harmful.

For this reason, when working in noisy places or high noise pollution is expected, it is advisable preventing hearing loss from noise protecting plugs or noise protection helmets.

Harms of headphones

If you have a high volume or for a long time, the headset can also harm the ear, so the damage depends not only on the volume but also the exposure time.

Also keep in mind that noise headphones affects the inner ear, ie damage that occurs is unrecoverable, and the headphones that go into the ear canal are more harmful than those placed in the pinna (outer ear).

A tip to see if the headphone volume is too high is to check if the music is heard from the outside, which means that you are too high.


Symptoms of hearing loss

As symptoms of hearing loss, divide patients by age:

  • Children: hearing loss affects the intellectual, social, school and language development. When in doubt, you have to do a scan as soon as possible to ensure and take action as necessary.
  • Adults may be symptoms of hearing loss not understand a conversation or raise the volume on the TV.

In the one case as in the other, you have to go to a specialist in otolaryngology to treat medical problems or surgically or, if the damage is irreparable, use acoustic prostheses or implants, which currently offer very good results if indicated and They programmed correctly.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Alejandro Harguindey Antolí-Candela

Dr. Harguindey Antolí-Candela is a renowned otorhinolaryngologist Director of the Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Institute of Madrid since 2002. He is also the coordinator of this specialty service at HM Hospitales. He is a collaborating professor at the Medical Sciences Department of the San Pablo University. The Doctor is a Bronze Medal of the Spanish Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Cervical-Facial Pathology (SEORL). He has participated in congresses and courses at national and international level, and is a co-author of book chapters. He has also published in specialty magazines nationally and internationally.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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