Prolonged loud noise can do more damage than you may think — it is a far more common cause of hearing loss than age. Noise causes hearing loss by damaging hair cells in the inner ear that convert the sounds you hear from sound energy into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged, the hair cells cannot grow back, causing permanent damage.

The intensity of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Hearing loss can result from prolonged exposure to any loud noise over 85 dB or sudden exposure to loud sounds like explosions. To give you an idea of how easy it is for everyday noise to cause damage, refer to the chart below.

60 dBConversation
80 dBAlarm Clocks
90 dBHair Dryers
100 dBMP3 players at full volume
110 dBConcerts
Car Racing
Sporting Events
120 dBJet Engines
130 dBAmbulance Sirens
140 dBGun Shots
If you think you have hearing loss, call (804) 937-EARS (3277) to schedule a hearing evaluation today or request an appointment online.

Source: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)