Dec 26, 2015 | By Jessica Martinez
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The most common cause of hearing loss is age, followed closely by internal damage due to exposure to loud noise. Sudden noises, such as an explosion,
a gunshot or a firecracker, can cause immediate hearing loss, which can be temporary or permanent. Also, sustained exposure to moderately loud noises,
such as lawnmowers, power tools or loud music, can cause cumulative and progressive hearing loss.[emphasis added]
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Harmful Noise Effects
Prolonged exposure to loud noise slowly damages the hair cells -- sensory receptors for sound and body position-- that line the ear's basilar. The
cells send information to the brain through the cochlear nerve. Once damaged, these cells do not regenerate. Loud noises can also damage the cochlear
nerve and impede it from sending auditory signals to the brain. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
(NIDCD), noises at or below 75 decibels are generally considered safe, even with long-term exposure. However, prolonged exposure to 85 decibels or
above can cause ear damage.
To put this in perspective, the sound of normal conversation is about 60 decibels, heavy traffic is about 85 decibels, your lawnmower is abut 90
decibels and firecrackers, gunshots and rock concerts range from 110 to 150 decibels.
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--Difficulty hearing clearly folks 2 feet away? It's a sign of a problem.
--Tinnitus can result from too much exposure to loud noise. Some tinnitus problems can then be life-long--virtually never going away.
--Some folks are oblivious until tested.
--Prevention is doable, usually, and is far better than the rest of one's life significantly to greatly & increasingly deaf.
Here's my own commentary from somewhat diligently researching this topic to try and deal with church music that was beyond OSHA limits and abusively
assaultive in church after church--fiercely defended by the music minister, head pastor and soundboard bloke--in one case--the soundboard bloke being
essentially an aging hippy with significant deafness already!!!
**imho, Allowing children to listen to MP3 players etc. at above 85db is, imho, criminal neglect--sentencing the child to a lifetime of increasing
**Listening to sounds--including music--for more than 15 minutes at above 90-95db will cause lasting, permanent damage. The trouble is--it may not be
detectable (except by professional testing) until it accumulates for a decade or 3. By then, IT IS TOO LATE
**Loud music is literally physiologically, psychologically, emotionally addictive and has, essentially, the SAME PHYSIOLOGICAL
IMPACTS in the body as drugs trigger in a drug abuser
**Cranking the volume up because one is already partially deaf can merely increase and hasten more complete deafness. . . . particularly if the
volume listened to is 85db or higher.
**One church service I was in--the music was PAINFUL at the BACK of the auditorium. I didn't have my db meter then but it had to be at about 125db.
That's absurd and abusive--particularly to small children who don't have any choice about being subjected to it.
**Some loud frequencies have correlated with internal organ damage.
**Guess what, "men" . . . Loud mufflers, loud car stereos and loud Harley's do NOT increase the length of your 'manhood' even the
width of a hair . . . regardless of the delusional emotions fooling you that they do.
**I believe that getting multiple generations of folks to zone out on loud music has been a deliberate strategy of the PTB to further anesthetize,
dumb-down; neuter; manipulate in devious destructive ways the general populace that might otherwise stand in the way of their tyrannical schemes.
**Listening to loud music for any significant period has to at least partially neuter the CAPACITY to detect nuances, color, variety in the melody and
sub-melodies. At some point, it all mushes together into more or less one bleak not-very-melodious cacophony of mostly undifferentiated NOISE.
**Most sane folks not addicted to loud music on being assaulted in public by such--shake their heads at the folks so foolishly abusing their own ears
and then assaulting all within earshot as though the loud loving folks had a right to assault those nearby.
**Rich melodies at reasonable volume enrich the soul, the heart and close relationships.
**Teeth rattling, bone-jarring noise is destructive to health, to peace, to serenity and potentially to relationships.
**Rationalizing destructive volume levels is nonsensical, ignorant, terminally uninformed/clueless and generally crass, low class and uncouth.
**Yeah . . . this is a pet hobby horse of mine. I'm trying to hold on to the hearing I have left--which is pretty good for a 69 year old who didn't
enjoy loud music when I was a teen in the 1960's.