When you were 16 and cranked up the radio to full volume, you weren’t thinking about how this might damage your health. You just enjoyed the music.
As you got older, you probably indulged in nights out at loud concerts or the movies. It might even be common for you to have experienced loud noise at work. Still, you didn’t think it had any long-term effects.
You more likely know differently today. Children as young as 12 can have lasting noise-induced hearing impairment. But did you know that sound is so powerful that it can even be used as a weapon?
Can You Get Sick From Sound?
In a word, yes. Certain sounds can evidently cause you to get sick according to scientists and doctors. This is why.
How Loud Sound Impacts Health
Extremely loud sounds harm the inner ear. You have tiny hairs that detect +
vibrations after they pass through the membrane of the eardrum. Once these little hairs are destroyed, they don’t ever grow back or heal. Many people, as they age, deal with sensorineural hearing loss caused by this.
Over 85 dB of volume for an 8 hour period of time will begin to cause lasting impairment. If you’re exposed to over 100 dB, long-term impairment happens within 15 minutes. At 120 dB, the volume of a rock concert, instantaneous, irreversible impairment will take place.
Noises can also affect cardiovascular health. Exposure to loud noise can boost stress hormones, which can contribute to High blood pressure, clogged arteries, obesity, and more. So when individuals who are subjected to loud noise complain about memory loss and headaches, this could explain why. Cardiovascular health is directly linked to these symptoms.
Sound as low as 45 decibels can, as reported by one study, start to have an impact on your hormones and your heart. That’s roughly the volume of a person with a quiet inside voice.
Your Health is Impacted by Certain Sound Frequencies – Here’s How
Several years ago, diplomats in Cuba got sick when exposed to sounds. This sound was not at a really high volume. It could even be blocked out by a television. How could it have made people sick?
Frequency is the answer.
Even at lower volumes, considerable harm can be done by some high-frequency sound.
Does the sound of nails on a chalkboard cause you to cringe? Have you ever pleaded with 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 may 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. Damaging frequencies can come from lots of common devices such as machinery, trains, sensors, etc.
Your health can also be impacted by infrasound which is very low frequency sound. The vibrations can make you feel dizzy and physically ill. Some even experience flashes of color and light that are common in migraine sufferers.
Safeguarding Your Hearing
Be mindful of how you feel about particular sounds. Reduce your exposure if specific sounds make you feel pain or other symptoms. Pain is typically a warning sign of damage.
In order to know how your hearing may be changing over time, contact a hearing specialist for an examination.