Sound and Hearing


RINGING IN YOUR EARS

DO YOUR EARS EVER RING? IF SO, YOUR EARS COULD BE TELLING YOU SOMETHING!

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Have you ever listened to loud music or noise and then noticed a ringing in your ears when you were done? The 'ringing' is called tinnitus. It can occur after exposure to loud noise, regardless of the type of noise, and is a sign that damage is being done to the inner ear. When you hear this your ears are telling you: "It was too loud for too long".

Here are some symptoms you might experience if you are exposed to noise (or music!) that is too loud for too long:

  • Ringing in your ears
  • Pain in your ears
  • People's voices sound muffled or distorted

Our ears do not care if the loud sound is music, motorcycles, concerts, lawnmowers, chainsaws, or industrial noise. If the sound is loud enough for long enough then there is a risk of permanent hearing loss.

There are many ways you can protect your hearing. The key is to use the right protection for your activities so that you are comfortable and the noise is reduced to a safe level.


MUSICIANS ARE GETTING IN THE GROOVE

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Musicians and the music industry have made the connection between loud music and hearing loss. They are talking about how important it is to protect your hearing so that you can hear the music. Many artists use hearing protection when they attend practice or jam sessions. They even use hearing protection when performing as they report they can hear the music more clearly. This is because with protection the loud music does not send their inner ears into overdrive and cause distortion, which can lead to permanent hearing loss.

NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS IS 100% PREVENTABLE!

You can prevent hearing loss from noise exposure by doing any of the following:

  • Turn it down
  • Walk away
  • Wear personal Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs)
  • Give your ears a rest

Become educated about noise and its damaging effects. You can make a difference for your ears.


There are lots of options when it comes to HPDs (Hearing Protection Devices). Check out the links on the right under Hearing Protection, some of them are pretty neat. Did you know that there are even ear muffs for dogs? Check out the Mutt Muffs! Our thanks go to the generous people at the 'EarPlug Superstore' for helping us show you the variety of options for HPDs.

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Have you ever listened to loud music or noise and then noticed a ringing in your ears when you were done? The 'ringing' is called tinnitus.