The World Heath Organization estimates 1.1-billion teens and young adults will suffer hearing loss due to listening to loud music for long periods of time using ear buds. Dr. Michi Diller is an audiologist at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha and says this is an issue that should not be ignored.
Dr. Diller says there are save levels. She says one can listen to music or other audio at 85 decibels for eight hours with no danger of hearing loss.
Dr. Diller says, “85 decibels is equivalent to the volume of busy traffic. If you go up to 100 decibels, which is the sound of a tractor, you can safely be around that sound for about 15 minutes.”
Dr. Diller says that ringing in the ears after a loud concert, being around gunfire, chainsaws or loud farm equipment may go away but there could be permanent damage that could show up later in life.
Unfortunately, there is no easy fix for hearing loss. Dr. Diller says, “We are not anywhere close to re-grow hair cells which are what the structures are in you inner ear that are damaged due to noise exposure.”
Dr. Diller says that ringing in the ears after being around a loud noise may go away but there still could be permanent damage that won’t show up until much later.