Preventing hearing loss

using earplugs can preserve your hearingSome hearing losses, such as age-related hearing loss cannot be prevented. However, one type of hearing loss that can be prevented is noise-induced hearing loss, which occurs when your ears are exposed to prolonged loud noise. It is important to look after your ears and to make sure that you protect your hearing in all noisy places, both at work and at leisure.
Ears are very delicate and complex. The inner ear contains thousands of tiny cells that process sounds and pass information on to your brain. Loud noises can permanently damage some of these cells so that they stop working. Once this happens, there is no cure.
Noise damage can also lead to tinnitus. Tinnitus is the word for noises that some people hear in the ears or in the head - buzzing, ringing, whistling, hissing and other sounds. You may also become unusually sensitive to sound, which can be distressing and uncomfortable.
The louder the noise is and the longer you are exposed to it, the greater the risk of damage to your hearing. If you have to be in a very noisy situation, always protect your ears with ear protectors – earplugs or earmuffs – and get away from the noise as quickly or as often as you can.
Remember that listening to loud music for long periods of time can also damage your hearing. Visit this site to find out how you can protect your hearing when listening to music – www.dontlosethemusic.com
If you think you are having any difficulty with your hearing, you should visit your doctor or healthcare professional as soon as possible.