How Much Noise is Safe?

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Sounds at these levels can cause pain and ear injury:

Explosion- 140dB

Nearby jet engine roaring- 130dB

Nearby siren wailing- 120dB

Sounds at these levels can cause hearing loss in 2-15 minutes:

Loud music (recorded or live)- 110dB

Train, car horn, big sports event- 100dB

Sounds at these levels can cause stress and difficulty communicating:

Motorcycle, lawnmower- 95dB (can damage your hearing after 50 minutes)

Noisy factory, busy restaurant- 85dB (can damage your hearing after 2 hours)

5 fun facts about hearing:

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  1. Fish do not have ears, but they can hear pressure changes through ridges on their body.
  2. The ear’s malleus, incus and stapes (otherwise known as the hammer, anvil and stirrup) are the smallest bones in the human body. All three together could fit together on a penny.
  3. The ear continues to hear sounds, even while you sleep.
  4. Sound travels at the speed of 1,130 feet per second, or 770 miles per hour.
  5. Sitting in front of the speakers at a rock concert can expose you to 120 decibels, which will begin to damage hearing in only 7 1/2 minutes.

Falling and Hearing Loss

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People with mild hearing loss are 3X more likely to have a history of falling.

Tips for Healthy Ears

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Your ears play such a vital role in your life. Here are some tips on how you can keep them healthy!

Using hearing protection devices when exposed to loud noise

  • Do not listen to music louder than 85dB.
  • Avoid using a cotton swab or sticking another object in your ear canal to clean your ears
  • Make an appointment with our audiologist if you have signs of hearing loss or are experiencing tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
  • If prescribed hearing aids, wear them consistently. You want to keep your brain sharp!

To schedule an appointment or if you have any questions call our office!

Dementia and Hearing Loss

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Did you know that adults with mild hearing loss are 2 times more likely to develop dementia, adults with moderate hearing loss are 3 times more likely to develop dementia and adults with severe hearing loss are 5 times more likely to develop dementia?

Reference: Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2011). Hearing loss and Dementia Linked in Study.

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