When you were a kid you most likely had no idea that cranking the volume up on your music could result in health problems. You just enjoyed the music.
As you got older, you may have indulged in evenings out at loud concerts or the movies. It may even be normal for you to have experienced loud noise at work. Still, you didn’t think it had any long-term effects.
Now that you’re older and more mature, you probably know better. Children as young as 12 can have permanent noise-induced hearing impairment. But did you realize that sound is so formidable that it can even be used as a weapon?
Can You Get Ill From Sound?
In fact, it Can. It’s apparent to scientists and doctors alike that certain sound can make you ill. This is the reason why.
How Health is Affected by Loud Noise
Extremely loud sounds damage the inner ear. You have little hairs that detect +
vibrations after they pass through the membrane of the eardrum. These hairs never regenerate once they are destroyed. 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 long-term impairment. If you’re subjected to over 100 dB, long-term damage takes place within 15 minutes. At 120 dB, the volume of a rock concert, instant, long-term impairment will take place.
Cardiovascular health can also be affected by noise. Subjection to loud noise can boost stress hormones, which can contribute to High blood pressure, clogged arteries, obesity, and more. So when people who are subjected to loud noise complain about headaches and memory loss, this may explain why. Cardiovascular health is directly linked to these symptoms.
In fact, one study revealed that sound volumes that start to impact the heart, and hormones are as low a 45 decibels. That’s around the volume of someone with a quiet indoor voice.
Your Health is Impacted by Certain Sound Frequencies – This is How
Several years ago, diplomats in Cuba got sick when exposed to sounds. The sound in Cuba wasn’t that loud. It could even be drowned out by a television. How could it have made people ill?
Frequency is the answer.
Even at lower volumes, considerable damage can be done by certain high-frequency sound.
Have you ever cringed when somebody 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? Have you ever needed to cover your ears during a violin recital?
Damage was happening to your hearing if you’ve ever felt pain from high-pitched sound. The damage may have become permanent if you’ve subjected yourself to this sort of sound repeatedly for longer periods of time.
Studies have also discovered that you don’t even need to be able to hear the sound. Damaging frequencies can come from many common devices like machinery, trains, sensors, etc.
Extremely low-frequency sound called “infrasound” can also affect your health. It can resonate the body in such a way that the person feels nauseated and disoriented. Some individuals even experience migraine symptoms such as flashes of color and light.
How You Can Protect Your Hearing
Recognize how certain sounds make you feel. If you’re feeling pain or other symptoms when you’re exposed to specific sounds, reduce your exposure. Pain is commonly a warning sign of damage.
Get your hearing examined regularly by a hearing specialist to understand how your hearing might be changing over time.