Hearing loss from exposure to loud sounds is painless, progressive and permanent. The good news is through protection and limiting your exposure to loud sound levels, you can prevent hearing damage. Hearing damage can occur when sounds exceed 85 decibels (dB). When dealing with noises over this range it is important to protect your ears.

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Noise Induced Hearing Loss

If you notice the following symptoms after exposure to loud sounds, you may be over-exposed and could potentially be causing long-term damage:

Voices suddenly sound muffled and your ears feel stuffy You experience ringing or buzzing in one or both ears (also known as tinnitus). Your ears hurt after being in a loud place. Your hearing is suddenly sensitive to noise.

*If any of these symptoms last longer than a day, you should visit your audiologist.


Permissible Exposure Chart: Hearing damage occurs as a function of loudness and exposure time. The following chart shows the recommended permissible exposure time for continuous noise without using ear protection.

*Information from www.dangerousdecibels.org. If you regularly find yourself exposed to damaging noise levels, it is important to monitor your hearing through periodic hearing tests. Please call our office today to schedule a hearing test.