As we all sit under lock down and try to keep ourselves busy and sane at the same time, we mourn the loss of our freedom of movement, our freedom to socialize and the fact that we cannot see our loved ones. In a technology driven society we are lucky to have the ability to communicate with our loved ones and in some cases carry on with our work and meetings over the digital platforms that are available. We put on our headsets and earphones to get the bet sound and to keep the background noise down to a minimum. Never thinking we might not be able to hear the conversation due to hearing loss. Or that the headphones or insert earphones could cause hearing loss.
Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) makes up a big percentage of the cause of global hearing loss. Studies done in America estimate that up to 40% of people with hearing loss could attribute this to noise exposure. NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to an intense “impulse” sound, such as an explosion, or by continuous exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time. We would normally think that this would be industrial noise or loud machinery and music but wearing headphones or insert earphones can also attribute to NIHL.