Is My Hearing Loss Due to Noise Exposure?


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Is My Hearing Loss Due to Noise Exposure?

  1. 1. Is My Hearing Loss Due to Noise Exposure? Logically, it makes sense: those who have worked around high noise levels for many years and have trouble hearing must have a hearing loss that is caused strictly by noise exposure at work, right? In actuality, other factors can play a role in how much hearing loss a person will have over the course of their lifetime. For example, certain health factors can make one person moresusceptible to injurious noise than another. Smoking, diabetes and highblood pressure, for instance, can increase the amount of hearing losssuffered from over-exposure to noise.The “accumulation of birthdays”, a.k.a, getting older, can also be a factor inthe amount of hearing loss a person may have. Genetics can also play apart. So, the cause of one person’s hearing loss will depend on manydifferent factors. This fact is also why two people can work in the samecompany for the same length of time doing similar jobs and have verydifferent hearing losses.When hearing loss is due to an over-exposure to noise, a very predictablepattern of hearing loss as well as a somewhat predictable degree of hearingloss will emerge. The amount of loss a person will experience is based onhow loud the noise was during the actual exposure itself and how long theexposure lasted.Long- term studies have been completed with the help of individuals whoexperienced up to 40 years of sustained noise exposure and with varyinglevels of noise exposure. The people involved with the studies had a hearingtest every year.The results provided a means of determining the pattern, type and severityof hearing loss that is typical of long-term noise exposure based on thenumber of years that noise was experienced and the loudness of the noiseitself. Researchers found that hearing loss from over- exposure to noisecauses a certain and progressive loss of hearing as long as the person Austin Hearing Services, Inc 6805 N Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78731 (512) 851-0847
  2. 2. continued to be exposed to that noise without the protection that properearplugs or ear muffs provide.Interestingly, once someone stops working around noise, the progression ofthe hearing loss can stop all together. It still is important to protect hearingand be diligent about good health practices.If you think you have hearing loss due to noise exposure, there are twothings to do right away: first, make sure to invest in good ear protection.Using ear protection in any instance of loud noise will make sure that you donot experience more hearing loss due to noise exposure. Second, make anappointment for a hearing evaluation.This is important because hearing loss due to noise exposure can progressover time, making you unaware of how much you may be missing. We’ll beglad to test your hearing and make suggestions on how to best protect yourears from further damage. Austin Hearing Services, Inc 6805 N Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78731 (512) 851-0847