When you were 16 and turned the radio up to full volume, you weren’t thinking about how this might harm your health. You simply enjoyed the music.
You had a good time when you were growing up, going to the movies and loud concerts. It may even be common for you to have experienced loud noise at work. Still, you didn’t think it had any long-term effects.
Now that you’re older and more mature, you more likely know better. Noise-induced hearing loss can appear in kids as young as 12. But did you know that sound is so formidable that it can even be used as a weapon?
Can You Get Ill From Sound?
In a word, yes. It’s evident to scientists and doctors alike that certain sound can make you sick. Here’s the reason why.
How Loud Sound Affects Health
Really loud sounds damage the inner ear. You have little hairs that pick up +
vibrations after they pass through the eardrum membrane. Once these small hairs are damaged, they don’t ever grow back or heal. Many people, as they age, deal with sensorineural hearing loss caused by this.
Over 85 dB of volume for an 8 hour period of time will start to cause permanent impairment. If you’re exposed to over 100 dB, lasting damage occurs within 15 minutes. At 120 dB, the volume of a rock concert, instant, long-term impairment will happen.
Cardiovascular wellness can also be affected by noise. High blood pressure, clogged arteries, obesity, and other vascular concerns can be the result of increased stress hormones induced by overly loud noise. This may explain the memory and headache issues that individuals exposed to loud noise complain about. These are strongly linked to the health of your cardiovascular system.
Sound as low as 45 decibels can, according to one study, begin to affect your hormones and your heart. That’s roughly the volume of somebody with a quiet inside voice.
Your Health is Impacted by Some Sound Frequencies – This is How
Cuban diplomats became sick after being subjected to certain sounds several years ago. This sound was not at a very high volume. They were able to block it out with a tv. So how could this kind of sound make people sick?
Frequency is the answer.
High frequency sounds such as the one experienced in Cuba can do considerable damage at lower volumes.
Have you ever cringed when someone scratched their nails on a chalkboard? Have you ever pleaded with a co-worker to stop as they press their fingers across a folded piece of paper? Have you ever had to cover your ears during a violin recital?
If you’ve felt the power of high-frequency sounds, the pain you felt was in fact damage being done to your hearing. The damage may have become permanent if you’ve exposed yourself to this sort of sound repeatedly for longer time periods.
Research has also revealed that damage can be done even if you can’t hear the sound. High-frequency sounds emanating from trains, sensors, machinery, and other man-made devices may be emitting frequencies that do damage with prolonged exposure.
Your health can also be affected by infrasound which is very low frequency sound. It can vibrate the body in such a way that you feel nauseous and dizzy. Some individuals even experience migraine symptoms like flashes of light and color.
Safeguarding Your Hearing
Recognize how specific sounds make you feel. If you’re feeling pain or other symptoms when you’re around specific sounds, limit your exposure. Pain is commonly a warning sign of damage.
Get your hearing tested regularly by a hearing specialist to find out how your hearing might be changing over time.