When you were a kid you probably had no clue that cranking up the volume on your music could result in health problems. You were just having fun listening to your tunes.
As you grew, you may have indulged in nights out at loud movies and concerts. You could have even chosen a career where loud noise is normal. Still, you didn’t think it had any lasting effects.
Now that you are older and more mature, you more likely know better. Children as young as 12 can have long-term noise-induced hearing impairment. But sound is so powerful it can even be used as a weapon.
Can You Get Sick From Sound?
Actually, it Can. Particular sounds can evidently make you ill according to doctors and scientists. Here’s why.
How Health is Affected by Loud Noise
Very loud sounds harm the inner ear. You have tiny hairs that pick up +
vibrations after they pass through the membrane of the eardrum. These hairs never regenerate once they are damaged. Many people, as they age, deal with sensorineural hearing loss caused by this.
Over 85 dB of volume for an 8 hour period will begin to cause long-term damage. If you’re subjected to over 100 dB, long-term impairment takes place within 15 minutes. A loud concert is around 120 decibels, which triggers instant, irreversible harm.
Noises can also impact cardiovascular wellness. Subjection to loud sounds can boost stress hormones, which can contribute to clogged arteries, obesity, high blood pressure, and more. This may explain the memory and headache issues that people exposed to loud noise complain about. These are strongly related to cardiovascular health.
Sound as low as 45 decibels can, based on one study, begin to have an impact on your hormones and your heart. That’s roughly the volume of somebody with a quiet indoor voice.
Your Health is Affected by Some Sound Frequencies – Here’s How
Several years ago, diplomats in Cuba got sick when exposed to sounds. This sound was not at a really high volume. They were able to block it out with a television. So how could this type of sound cause people to get sick?
The answer is frequency.
Even at lower volumes, considerable harm can be done by some high-frequency sound.
Have you ever cringed when somebody scraped their nails on a chalkboard? Have you ever begged a co-worker to stop as they press their fingers over a folded piece of paper? Have you ever had to plug your ears during a violin recital?
Damage was being done to your hearing if you’ve ever experienced pain from high-frequency sound. If you experienced this for an extended period of time, frequently subjected yourself to it, or were exposed at a high volume, then the damage may have become irreversible.
Research has also discovered that you don’t even have to be able to hear the sound. Harmful frequencies can come from many common devices such as machinery, trains, sensors, etc.
Very low-frequency sound called “infrasound” can also affect your health. It can resonate the body in such a way that you feel nauseous and disoriented. Some even get flashes of light and color that are typical in migraine sufferers.
Protecting Your Hearing
Recognize how particular sounds make you feel. If you’re feeling pain or other symptoms when you’re around specific sounds, limit your exposure. If you’re feeling pain in your ears, you’re probably doing damage.
In order to understand how your hearing might be changing over time, get in touch with a hearing specialist for an exam.