The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association says, “Sounds louder than 80 decibels are considered potentially dangerous. Both the amount of noise and the length of time of exposure determine the amount of damage. Hair cells of the inner ear and the hearing nerve can be damaged by an intense brief impulse, like an explosion, or by continuous and/or repeated exposure to noise.”
The solution? Prevention! “Wear hearing protectors when exposed to any loud or potentially damaging noise… Cotton in your ears won’t work. Hearing protectors include ear muffs and ear plugs (not swimmer’s plugs), some that are custom-made and individually molded. This protection can be purchased at drug stores, sporting goods stores or can be custom-made. Check with your audiologist to find out what best suits you.”
Last New Year, I didn’t give two-sh!ts (let alone two ears) about hearing loss. Now that I’ve suffered some (I’ll let Mary Duenwald, from her January 2010 Marth Stewart Living article, explain: “… certain antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs can also damage the hair cells, says Robert Frisina, a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Rochester Medicacl Center, in New York.”), I can tell you it sucks balls (two of those, too).
Here’s a link from “Hear the World,” to “hear what hearing loss sounds like.” I’d let you know if the link is any good or not, but, well…
So, muffin up those ears, peeps and best of luck in the Eyer of the Tiger!