When you were 16 and cranked the radio up to full volume, you had little thought about how this might harm your health. You were just having a good time listening to your tunes.
As you grew, you may have indulged in nights out at loud movies and concerts. You may have even chosen a job where loud noise is the norm. Lasting health issues were the furthest thing from your mind.
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 did you know that sound is so powerful that it can even be used as a weapon?
Can Sound Make You Sick?
In fact, it Can. Particular sounds can evidently cause you to get sick according to scientists and doctors. This is the reason why.
How Health is Affected by Loud Noise
The inner ear can be injured by extremely loud sounds. You have tiny hairs that pick up +
vibrations after they pass through the membrane of the eardrum. These hairs never regenerate once they are destroyed. Many people, as they age, deal with sensorineural hearing loss caused by this.
Damaging volume begins at 85 decibels for an 8 hour time period. If you’re subjected to over 100 dB, permanent impairment takes place within 15 minutes. At 120 dB, the volume of a rock concert, immediate, irreversible impairment will occur.
Cardiovascular wellness can also be affected by noise. Exposure to loud noise can increase stress hormones, which can lead to clogged arteries, obesity, high blood pressure, and more. This could explain the headaches and memory issues that people subjected to loud noise complain about. Cardiovascular health is directly connected to these symptoms.
As a matter of fact, one study confirmed that sound volumes that start to impact the heart, and hormones are as low a 45 decibels. That’s approximately the volume of someone with a quiet indoor voice.
Your Health is Affected by Some Sound Frequencies – Here’s How
Cuban diplomats got sick after being exposed to certain sounds several years ago. The sound in Cuba wasn’t that loud. They could drown it out with a television. So how could this kind of sound make people sick?
Frequency is the answer.
Even at lower volumes, considerable damage can be done by some high-frequency sound.
Does the sound of nails on a chalkboard cause you to cringe? Have you been driven nuts by someone continuously dragging their finger over a folded piece of paper? Have you ever had to plug your ears during a violin recital?
Damage was happening to your hearing if you’ve ever felt pain from high-pitched sound. If you endured this for an extended period of time, frequently exposed yourself to it, or were exposed at a high volume, then the damage may have become irreversible.
Research has also found that you don’t even have to be able to hear the sound. High-pitched sounds emanating from sensors, trains, machinery, and other man-made devices might be emitting frequencies that do damage with sustained exposure.
Extremely low-frequency sound known as “infrasound” can also impact your health. It can resonate the body in such a way that the person feels nauseous and disoriented. Some even experience flashes of color and light that are typical in migraine sufferers.
How You Can Safeguard Your Hearing
Be aware of how you feel about certain sounds. Reduce your exposure if specific sounds make you feel pain or other symptoms. If you’re experiencing pain in your ears, you’re probably doing damage.
Get your hearing checked regularly by a hearing specialist to understand how your hearing could be changing over time.