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When you were younger you most likely had no idea that cranking the volume up on your music could result in health concerns. You were just having a good time listening to your tunes.

As you grew, you may have indulged in nights out at loud concerts or the movies. You might have even chosen a job where loud noise is the norm. Still, you didn’t think it had any lasting effects.

You more likely know differently now. Noise-induced hearing loss can show up in kids as young as 12. But sound is so powerful it can actually be used as a weapon.

Can You Get Ill From Sound?

In short, yes. Certain sounds can evidently cause you to get ill according to scientists and doctors. Here’s the reason why.

How Loud Sound Affects Health

The inner ear can be injured by very loud sounds. You have little hairs that pick up +
vibrations after they pass through the eardrum membrane. These hairs never grow back once they are damaged. Many people, as they age, deal with sensorineural hearing loss caused by this.

Harmful volume starts at 85 decibels over an 8 hour time period. If you’re subjected to over 100 dB, lasting damage occurs within 15 minutes. At 120 dB, the volume of a rock concert, instantaneous, lasting damage will take place.

Noises can also affect cardiovascular wellness. Obesity, high blood pressure, clogged arteries, and other vascular concerns can be the consequence of elevated stress hormones brought on by excessively loud noise. This might explain the headaches and memory issues that people subjected to loud noise complain about. These are firmly linked to the health of your cardiovascular system.

Sound as low as 45 decibels can, according to one study, start to have an impact on your hormones and your heart. That’s roughly the volume of a person with a quiet indoor voice.

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

Cuban diplomats got sick after being subjected to certain sounds a few years ago. This sound wasn’t at a really loud volume. They were able to block it out with a tv. How could it have made people sick?

Frequency is the answer.

High Frequency

Even at lower volumes, significant damage can be done by certain high-frequency sound.

Does the sound of nails on a chalkboard cause you to cringe? Have you been driven nuts by someone continuously dragging their finger 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.

Research has also found that you don’t even have to be able to hear the sound. Damaging frequencies can come from many common devices such as sensors, trains, machinery, etc.

Low Frequency

Extremely low-frequency sound called “infrasound” can also impact your health. The vibrations can make you feel disoriented and physically sick. Some people even get migraine symptoms like flashes of color and light.

How You Can Safeguard Your Hearing

Be aware of how you feel about certain sounds. Reduce your exposure if particular sounds make you feel pain or other symptoms. If you’re experiencing pain in your ears, you’re most likely doing damage.

In order to know how your hearing may be changing over time, contact a hearing specialist for a hearing test.

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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.