Noise-induced hearing loss is often caused by overexposure to excessive noise. It is a completely preventable condition and is the second most common cause of hearing loss.
It threatens the hearing of military personnel, kindergarten teachers, factory workers and farmers - to name just a few. Rock concerts and loud earphones can also damage people's hearing. This kind of noise exposure can damage the sensory hair cells in your ear that allow you to hear. Once these hair cells are damaged, they do not grow back and your ability to hear is diminished. That's why it's important to wear ear protection when exposed to excessive noise.
Taking good care of your hearing by protecting your ears in high risk situations such as environments where you have to shout to make yourself heard over background noise, or locations where noise hurts your ears or makes them ring, or situation where high sound levels make it difficult to hear properly for several hours afterwards.
Repeated exposure to high levels of noise is a common cause of hearing loss. If we are exposed to loud noise for too long, the sensitive hair cells in the inner ear become damaged and die. As the number of living hair cells falls, you lose the ability to hear.
Some people have a higher risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss at work, such as military personnel, musicians, play school teachers, factory workers and construction workers. Listening to loud music at live concerts and through headphones can also damage your hearing. We therefore highly recommend that you wear ear protectors when exposed to excessive noise, and turn the volume down when you use headphones. 1.1 billion young people (aged between 12-35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings.
Avoiding loud noises, reducing the amount of time you're exposed to loud noise, and protecting your ears with ear plugs or ear muffs are easy things you can do to protect your hearing and limit the amount of hearing you might lose as you get older.