Listen Safely: Your Ears and Your Protection

If you happen to be an audiophile then you understand the anxiety and struggles that you ears have to undergo. Sound effects, repetitive beats of sound and other forms of dialect voices (characteristic sounds, object sounds in a given story, music that appears to come from different musical instruments in the story) or the actual sounds and voices that we hear in real life that our ears have to struggle with.

According to scientific researchers, about 18 percent to 33 percent of horn players that were under the age of forty years had noise–related complications that impaired their hearing. Just about twenty percent of those who participated in the survey admitted to use custom made earplugs or other form of ear protection. A lesser percentage admitted to use ear protection full-time. Surveys within our group of Audiophiles who are not musicians but enjoy concerts and home theaters, these percentage remains relatively the same or even worse.

The journey to compete hear loss

Hear loss can begin with simple hearing dullness that may be as a result of exposing your ear to very loud sounds. This is what is referred to as concert cacophony. It is usually controlled by the cochlea so as to help protect your hearing system. The cochlea is responsible for producing the ATP hormone which is very much related to hearing losses that are caused by very loud sounds. There are a number of people who have mutating genes in the cochlea which is responsible for ATP hormones. Sadly, these people have higher risks of suffering from hearing loss in their old age. When someone is constantly exposed to loud music they stand even a higher chance of suffering from hearing loss as a result of high frequency or even distorted eloquence in speech. This also applies to those who love using hearing entertainment gadgets such as earphones with high volumes.

Our bodies have a defensive mechanism that is turned on during instances of acute trauma. However, when the trauma is repetitive our bodies fail to understand and defend itself from the same. This results in hearing failure. This body defence mechanism varies with different people because of variation in the sensitivity to sound.

There are also other instances where either trauma or hearing loss occurs. This can be because of exposure to high frequency sounds, brain trauma or infection in the ear. Some other causes include head trauma during accidents (also known as post-traumatic hearing loss), hearing loss induced by noise, sinus infection, heart related problems, thyroid and other medical complications. The most common problem that arises from all these causative agents is tinnitus.

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