It is true that we live in a noisy world. If you live in a city, just going outside means that you’ll hear the constant drone of traffic noise all around you. But it’s not only cars and other traffic that are noisy. The party next door that kept you up half of the night is just another kind of noise we have to deal with when we live in modern cities. Even going to a shopping centre means that we have to endure the combination of music pouring out of speakers in nearly every shop and the chatter of the crowd all around us. It seems that the darkest hours of night are our only refuge from the noise of the modern world, and even then some people have to deal with snoring partners!
The problem is that all of this exposure to noise not only tends to cause a case of sensory overload but can also permanently damage our hearing. Our inner ears are composed of very delicate tissues and vibration-sensing hairs that are susceptible to damage when noise is too loud. In this scenario, some of the hairs fall out and simply swirl around in the liquid that our inner ear contains. Over time, our hearing is damaged more and more until eventually we experience increasing deafness.
Your Hearing May Already Be Damaged
The big problem is that due to the sensitivity of our ears, it doesn’t actually take too much noise to cause damage to them. In fact, sustained noise of 85 decibels and over can cause damage. To put this into perspective, a normal human conversation is 60 decibels and a car or music stereo at full volume is 100 decibels. This means that there are many sources of noise in our daily life that have the potential to cause hearing damage and hearing loss.
Furthermore, consider the young adult who might frequent nightclubs or music concerts. A music concert where a person is right near the front row is rated at 120 decibels, which is well above the threshold for damage to hearing. In fact, if you have ever been to a nightclub or music concert and have come home and noticed that your hearing is a little strange, you have more than likely damaged your hearing. Many people in this situation experience temporary tinnitus and experience that some high frequencies are smeared. Though this typically repairs itself pretty quickly, the damage has already been done and it will only accumulate over time.
The Best Way to Protect Your Hearing
One of the best ways to protect your hearing is to purchase custom-moulded ear plugs such as ZenPlugs. An earplug that has been custom-moulded to your own ear provides the following benefits:
- Excellent noise blocking and noise cancellation properties.
- Comfort even when lying down because it is moulded to the shape of your ear canal.
- Water resistance so that you can swim in them.
In fact, some of the best earplugs are also made of a material that is resistant to many bacteria and will even kill them on contact. Earplugs like this can even be softened with hot water and re-moulded, making them a flexible and effective solution for enduring our noisy world and protecting delicate ears.