When you were a teenager and cranked up the radio to full volume, you had little thought about how this might harm your health. You just enjoyed the music.
You had fun when you were growing up, going to loud concerts and movies. You could have even picked a job where loud noise is the norm. Still, you didn’t think it had any long-term impact.
You probably know differently today. Children as young as 12 can have lasting noise-induced hearing impairment. But did you realize that sound is so formidable that it can even be used as a weapon?
Can Sound Make You Ill?
In fact, it Can. Certain sounds can evidently make you ill according to doctors and scientists. Here’s why.
How Health is Impacted by Loud Noise
The inner ear can be injured by really loud sounds. You have tiny hairs that detect +
vibrations after they go through the eardrum membrane. These hairs never grow back once they are damaged. Many people, as they age, deal with sensorineural hearing loss caused by this.
Over 85 dB of volume for an 8 hour period will begin to cause permanent damage. It only takes 15 minutes for long-term impairment to develop at 100 dB. At 120 dB, the volume of a rock concert, immediate, lasting impairment will take place.
Noises can also affect cardiovascular wellness. High blood pressure, clogged arteries, obesity, and other vascular concerns can be the outcome of elevated stress hormones brought on by excessively loud noise. So when people who are exposed to loud noise complain about memory loss and headaches, this could explain why. These are firmly linked to the health of your cardiovascular system.
Sound as low as 45 decibels can, based on one study, start to impact your hormones and your heart. That’s roughly the volume of someone with a quiet indoor voice.
Your Health is Affected by Some Sound Frequencies – This is How
Cuban diplomats got sick after being exposed to certain sounds several years ago. The sound in Cuba wasn’t that loud. It could even be drowned out by a television. How could it have made people ill?
The answer is frequency.
Even at lower volumes, appreciable damage can be done by some high-frequency sound.
Have you ever cringed when someone scratched their nails on a chalkboard? Have you ever begged a co-worker to stop as they press their fingers across a folded piece of paper? Does the shrill sound of a violin put you on edge?
Damage was being done to your hearing if you’ve ever felt pain from high-frequency sound. The damage could have become permanent if you’ve subjected yourself to this kind of sound repeatedly for longer time periods.
Studies have also revealed that damage can happen even if you can’t hear the sound. Harmful frequencies can come from many common devices such as sensors, trains, machinery, etc.
Extremely low-frequency sound called “infrasound” can also impact your health. The vibrations can make you feel dizzy and physically ill. Some even get flashes of color and light that are typical in migraine sufferers.
Protecting Your Hearing
Recognize how particular sounds make you feel. Reduce your exposure if certain sounds make you feel pain or other symptoms. If you’re feeling pain in your ears, you’re most likely doing damage.
In order to know how your hearing may be changing over time, get in touch with a hearing specialist for a hearing test.