Noise is the #2 cause of ill health after air pollution. Did you know that 1 in 3 people feel disturbed by daytime noise and 1 in 5 people feel disturbed by traffic noise during sleep? According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, 10 million Americans have irreversible noise-induced hearing loss, and 30 to 50 million Americans are exposed to dangerous noise levels each day.
Noise Awareness Day
Noise awareness day started in the year 1996 by the Center for Hearing and Communication and continues to promote and encourage individuals to do something about the unwanted noise that is around their workplace, home, and any other places. Noise can affect you short-term and long-term. Short-term exposure to noise can cause stress while long-term exposure to noise can causes hearing loss.
Noise and its Effects
• Gun shots can cause an eardrum to burst
• Plane takeoff can cause pain and hearing loss shortly after exposure
• Chainsaws can also cause hearing loss shortly after exposure
• Office noise can causes stress and poor concentration
• Noise from music concerts can cause hearing loss
Common Types of Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss – indicates that there is a problem with the mechanism that conducts sound from the environment to the inner ear. This type of loss can often be corrected by medication or surgery. If it cannot be corrected the individual will have to wear a hearing aid.
Sensorineural hearing loss - indicates a problem in the organ of hearing or the nerve of hearing. There may be damage to the inner ear, auditory nerve, or the auditory centers of the brain. Someone who suffers from this particular hearing loss may benefit from a hearing aid, cochlear implant, communication therapies, or other medical management.
Approximately 3 million children in the United States have a hearing loss and 1.3 million of them are under the age of 3.