When you were younger you most likely had no clue that turning up the volume on your music could result in health issues. You were just having fun listening to your tunes.
You had a good time when you were growing up, going to loud concerts and movies. You may have even picked a job where loud noise is the norm. Still, you didn’t think it had any lasting impact.
Now that you’re older and more mature, you probably know better. Children as young as 12 can have long-term noise-induced hearing impairment. But sound is so powerful it can even be used as a weapon.
Can You Get Ill From Sound?
In fact, it Can. Certain sounds can evidently cause you to get sick according to doctors and scientists. This is the reason why.
How Health is Affected by Loud Noise
The inner ear can be injured by very loud sounds. You have tiny hairs that detect +
vibrations after they pass through the membrane of the eardrum. These hairs never grow back once they are destroyed. Many people, as they age, deal with sensorineural hearing loss caused by this.
Over 85 dB of volume for an 8 hour period will begin to cause permanent damage. It only takes 15 minutes for long-term impairment to occur at 100 dB. A loud concert is around 120 decibels, which brings about instantaneous, irreversible harm.
Cardiovascular health can also be affected by noise. Subjection to loud sounds can increase stress hormones, which can contribute to High blood pressure, clogged arteries, obesity, and more. This could explain the memory and headache problems that people exposed to loud noise complain about. These are firmly related to cardiovascular health.
Actually, one study confirmed that sound volumes that start to impact the heart, and hormones are as low a 45 decibels. A person talking with a quiet indoor voice is at this volume level.
Your Health is Affected by Some Sound Frequencies – This is How
A few years ago, diplomats in Cuba got sick when exposed to sounds. This sound wasn’t at a really loud volume. It could even be drowned out by a television. How might it have been able to make people ill?
The answer is frequency.
Even at lower volumes, considerable harm can be done by some high-frequency sound.
Does the sound of nails on a chalkboard make you cringe? Have you been driven crazy by someone repeatedly dragging their finger across a folded piece of paper? Does the shrill sound of a violin put you on edge?
If you’ve felt the power of high-frequency sounds, the pain you felt was actually damage being done to your hearing. The damage may have become permanent if you’ve subjected yourself to this sort of sound repeatedly for longer periods of time.
Research has also discovered that damage can happen even if you can’t hear the sound. High-frequency sounds emanating from sensors, trains, machinery, and other man-made devices could be emitting frequencies that do damage with too much exposure.
Your health can also be affected by infrasound which is extremely low frequency sound. The vibrations can make you feel disoriented and physically sick. Some even get flashes of light and color that are typical in migraine sufferers.
Safeguarding Your Hearing
Recognize how specific sounds make you feel. Minimize your exposure if certain sounds make you feel pain or other symptoms. Pain is commonly a warning sign of damage.
Have your hearing tested regularly by a hearing specialist to find out how your hearing could be changing over time.