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Noise Induced Hearing Loss: How Can Acoustic Ceiling Products Help

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Certain sounds can be particularly dangerous. Unfortunately, even community noise can be detrimental to your health. Some of the adverse health effects can include cardiovascular issues and learning deficits. Studies have shown that the likeliness of heart disease increases if community noise levels rise above as little as 40 decibels (dB).

Because noise levels are so harmful, decorative acoustic ceiling tiles and other acoustical accent clouds can help cut down on noise-induced hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss can be extremely detrimental to not just an individual’s hearing, but their general wellbeing, too.

How does noise harm our ears?
When sound enters the outer ear and travels past the ear canal into the eardrum, if too much noise is present, significant, and often permanent, damage may occur. The eardrum will vibrate from the loud sound waves and tiny bones inside the ear (malleus, incus, and stapes), often causing tremendous pain.

What are the common causes of noise-induced hearing loss?
Even just two hours of exposure to something around 90 dBs (a common leaf blower, for example) can cause extreme hearing damage if the noise is repeated over and over again. About 15 minutes of repeated exposure to something with a noise level of 100 dBs (sporting events) can cause hearing damage and as little as two minutes of a related exposure to something with 110 dBs (concert) can cause damage.

Is there a cure to noise-induced hearing loss?
According to the Hearing Journal, sadly, there is no 100% cure for noise-induced hearing loss. But as Brian Fligor, chief audiology officer at Lantos Technologies, says, fighting these hearing issues should still be done both in the workplace and the community alike.

“These are largely man-made disorders, and there should be man-made remedies for them,” added Fligor. “When it comes to noise-induced hearing loss, that ounce of prevention is worth way more than a pound of cure — which is really a pound of management, not a cure.”

Acoustic ceiling products like decorative acoustic ceiling tiles are so important for a number of industries to limit the continued exposure to high sound levels. If you want to learn more about sound wall panels or decorative acoustic ceiling tiles, contact ArmCom today.