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When you were a kid you probably had no clue that turning up the volume on your music could lead to health concerns. You were just having fun listening to your tunes.

You had a good time when you were growing up, going to loud concerts and movies. It may even be normal for you to have experienced loud noise at work. Lasting health concerns were the furthest thing from your mind.

You more likely know differently today. Children as young as 12 can have permanent noise-induced hearing impairment. But sound is so powerful it can even be used as a weapon.

Can Sound Make You Ill?

Actually, it Can. It’s evident to doctors and scientists alike that certain sound can make you ill. This is why.

How Loud Sound Affects Health

Extremely loud sounds damage the inner ear. You have little hairs that detect +
vibrations after they pass through the eardrum membrane. These hairs never grow back once they are destroyed. This is what causes the sensorineural hearing loss that many people deal with as they age.

Over 85 dB of volume for an 8 hour period will begin to cause long-term impairment. If you’re exposed to over 100 dB, lasting impairment takes place within 15 minutes. At 120 dB, the volume of a rock concert, instantaneous, lasting impairment will happen.

Noises can also impact cardiovascular wellness. Subjection to loud sounds can boost stress hormones, which can contribute to clogged arteries, obesity, high blood pressure, and more. This could explain the memory and headache problems that individuals subjected to loud noise complain about. Cardiovascular health is strongly linked to these symptoms.

Sound as low as 45 decibels can, according to one study, begin to impact your hormones and your heart. That’s about the volume of somebody with a quiet inside voice.

Your Health is Affected by Certain Sound Frequencies – Here’s How

Cuban diplomats became sick after being subjected to certain sounds a few years ago. The sound in Cuba wasn’t very loud. They were able to drown it out with a television. So how could this type of sound make people sick?

The answer is frequency.

High Frequency

Even at lower volumes, considerable harm can be done by some high-frequency sound.

Does the sound of nails on a chalkboard make you cringe? Have you been driven nuts by somebody repeatedly dragging their finger across a folded piece of paper? Have you ever had to plug your ears during a violin recital?

Damage was being done to your hearing if you’ve ever felt pain from high-pitched sound. If you endured this for a time, frequently subjected yourself to it, or were exposed at a high volume, then the damage might have become permanent.

Research has also revealed that damage can be done even if you can’t hear the sound. Damaging frequencies can come from lots of common devices such as machinery, trains, sensors, etc.

Low Frequency

Extremely low-frequency sound known as “infrasound” can also affect your health. It can vibrate the body in such a way that the person feels nauseous and dizzy. Some even get flashes of color and light that are common in migraine sufferers.

Safeguarding Your Hearing

Know how certain sounds make you feel. If you’re feeling pain or other symptoms when you’re around particular sounds, reduce your exposure. If you’re feeling pain in your ears, you’re probably doing damage.

In order to know how your hearing could be changing over time, contact a hearing specialist for an exam.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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