When you were 16 and cranked up the radio to full volume, you had little thought about how this might harm your health. You were simply having fun listening to your tunes.
As you got older, you may have indulged in evenings out at loud concerts or the movies. It might even be common for you to have experienced loud noise at work. Still, you didn’t think it had any lasting effects.
You probably know differently now. Children as young as 12 can have lasting noise-induced hearing impairment. But did you know that sound is so formidable that it can even be used as a weapon?
Can Sound Make You Sick?
Actually, it Can. Certain sounds can evidently make you ill according to scientists and doctors. Here’s why.
How Loud Sound Affects Health
Really loud sounds harm the inner ear. You have little hairs that detect +
vibrations after they go through the eardrum membrane. Once these little hairs are destroyed, they don’t ever heal or regenerate. This is what causes the sensorineural hearing loss that many people deal with as they age.
Dangerous volume begins at 85 decibels over an 8 hour period of time. It only takes 15 minutes for permanent impairment to occur at 100 dB. At 120 dB, the volume of a rock concert, immediate, long-term impairment will take place.
Cardiovascular wellness can also be impacted by noise. Subjection to loud sounds can boost stress hormones, which can lead to High blood pressure, clogged arteries, obesity, and more. This may explain the headaches and memory issues that people exposed to loud noise complain about. Cardiovascular health is directly linked to these symptoms.
In fact, one study confirmed that sound volumes that start to impact the heart, and hormones are as low a 45 decibels. A person speaking with a quiet indoor voice is at this volume level.
Your Health is Affected by Some Sound Frequencies – Here’s How
Cuban diplomats got sick after being subjected to certain sounds a few years ago. The sound in Cuba wasn’t that loud. It could even be blocked out by a television. How might it have been able to make people ill?
Frequency is the answer.
Even at lower volumes, considerable damage can be done by certain high-frequency sound.
Does the sound of nails on a chalkboard cause you to cringe? Have you ever pleaded with a co-worker to stop as they press their fingers across a folded piece of paper? Have you ever needed to plug your ears during a violin recital?
Damage was happening to your hearing if you’ve ever experienced pain from high-pitched sound. The damage could have become irreversible if you’ve subjected yourself to this kind of sound repeatedly for longer time periods.
Research has also revealed that damage can be done even if you can’t hear the sound. High-pitched sounds coming from sensors, trains, machinery, and other man-made devices might be emitting frequencies that do damage with sustained exposure.
Your health can also be impacted by infrasound which is extremely low frequency sound. It can resonate the body in such a way that you feel nauseous and disoriented. Some people even get migraine symptoms like flashes of color and light.
How You Can Safeguard Your Hearing
Recognize how particular sounds make you feel. Limit your exposure if particular sounds make you feel pain or other symptoms. Pain is typically a warning sign of damage.
In order to know how your hearing may be changing over time, contact a hearing specialist for an exam.