What is noise-induced hearing loss /NIHL?
A noise-induced hearing loss is a permanent hearing loss caused by prolonged exposure to high levels of noise. The hearing deteriorates gradually from the noise exposure.
A noise-induced hearing loss is also called NIHL.
Excessive noise exposure is one of the most common causes of hearing loss.
When you have a noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), the hair cells in your inner ear have been damaged by the exposure to noise. The hair cells’ ability to pick-up and transmit sound to the brain is therefore reduced. A noise-induced hearing loss is therefore a type of sensorineural hearing loss.
What causes noise-induced hearing loss/NIHL?
Noise induced hearing loss is caused by exposure to excessively loud noise for longer periods e.g. in the workplace or listening to loud music at concerts or on your smart phone or it may be caused by acute, high intensity noise such as gunshots, air horns or fireworks.
Prevention of noise-induced hearing loss
You can prevent a noise induced hearing loss/NIHL by turning down the volume, reducing the time you are exposed to the loud noise and/or using hearing protection.
Cure for noise-induced hearing loss
Many ask: Can noise induced hearing loss be reversed or is there a cure for noise-induced hearing loss. Unfortunately not. Once the hair cells in the inner ear have been damaged by noise exposure, they cannot be restored. But noise-induced hearing loss can be treated.
Treatment of noise-Induced hearing loss
How do you treat noise induced hearing loss/NIHL? Normally, noise induced hearing loss is treated with the use of hearing aids.