If a sound reaches 85 decibels (dB) or stronger, it can cause permanent damage to your hearing. Your risk increases the longer you’re exposed to sound levels over 85 dB. The quieter the sound, the longer you can listen to it safely. Basically, you would have to listen to an 85 dB sound for over eight hours it can cause hearing damage, but sounds measuring 130 dB and above can cause instant hearing damage.
1.9 million U.S. veterans suffer from a service-related hearing disability.
Signs of hearing loss:
- Frequent requests for repetition
- Avoidance of social situations
- Turning up the volume
- Withdrawal from conversations
Effects of hearing loss:
- Social isolation
- Increased risk of falling
- Depression & anxiety
Causes (other than loud noises):
- Head injury
- Illness or infection
- Ototoxic medications