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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

  • Musicians are 57% more likely to experience tinnitus
  • Professional musicians are almost four times more likely to develop noise-induced hearing loss than the general public.

The reason: frequent subjection to loud sound. Over time, loud sound will irreparably damage the hair cells of the inner ear, which are the sensory receptors responsible for sending sound to the brain.

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is permanent and most common cause of hearing loss resulting from prolonged exposure to high levels of noise. The damage caused by noise, called sensorineural hearing loss, can be caused by several factors. However, NIHL is preventable, which is why protecting our ears and hearing is so important.

The National Institutes of Health reports that about 15% of Americans ages 20 to 69 have high-frequency hearing loss related to occupational or leisure activities. Evidence suggests that loud rock music along with increased use of personal listening devices with earphones may be further contributing to this phenomenon.

Source: Medical Daily; T. Schink, G. Kreutz, V. Busch, I. Pigeot, W. Ahrens. “Incidence and RelativeRrisk of Hearing Disorders in Professional Musicians.” Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2014; DOI: 10.1136/oemed-2014-102172; The National Institutes