There’s no doubt about it — we live in an increasingly noisy world. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the fastest-growing disorder in North America today. More noise, increased use of personal listening devices and lack of understanding of hearing damage have all contributed to the fact that one in five teenagers now has a hearing loss. This is an increase of 30 percent in only ten years.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is caused by damage to the delicate hair cells in the inner ear. It’s not something we can see or even realize is happening, until all of a sudden we can’t hear like we used to. NIHL is permanent, and once the hair cells are damaged, they don’t heal themselves or grow back. This is the critical message that is at the heart of the Hearing Loss Prevention work carried out by Hear Alberta.
Practice Safe Sound!
Earbuds. Concerts. Traffic. Loud music. Too much. Too long. Too loud.
Over-exposure to noise at dangerous levels can cause permanent hearing loss over time. But what is a dangerous level? How do I know? How long can I listen to my music and still be safe?
Starting in 2014 these questions and more will be answered in our new, comprehensive hearing loss prevention program aimed at youth. We want to educate young Albertans about the “silent epidemic” that has the potential to impact the hearing of a whole generation. Come back soon to learn more about our exciting programming plans for next year!