Noise induced hearing loss

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Noise induced hearing loss (known as NIHL) is when repeated or prolonged exposure to noise causes permanent impairment to the hearing. It can also be referred to as ‘industrial deafness’ or ‘occupational deafness’. NIHL affects a person’s ability to understand normal speech and sounds to a greater or lesser extent.

How is it Caused?

NIHL is damage to the cells of the inner ear caused by noise. When we refer to ‘noise’ we are actually talking about both the intensity and pitch of a sound. Either or both of these can affect our likelihood of developing NiHL if the intensity is too great or prolonged.

When sound enters the ear it causes the eardrum to vibrate. These vibrations are sent to three tiny bones in the middle ear where they are transferred to an area known as the ‘cochlea’, which is filled with fluid. This fluid begins to ripple, and these ripples are transmitted to tiny hair cells that bend and move in reaction to these ripples.

 

This movement of the hairs creates electrical signals that are sent to the auditory area of the brain, which translates this into the sound we understand.

NIHL is caused by the damage and death of these tiny hairs. Once damage is caused they do not grow back – the loss of hearing is irreversible.

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