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Nihl also called as noise induces hearing loss, is a permanent hearing loss caused by prolonged exposure to high levels of noise.
By exposure to excessively loud noise for longer periods
- by firecracker
- loud music at concert/party
- loud music in mobile phones
- And lot many
- pain in ears during loud noise exposure.
- you speaking louder
- you have tinnitus - ringing, whooshing, roaring or buzzing sounds in your ears - after noise exposure.
- trouble understanding what other people are saying, or it sounds like they are mumbling.
The first thing after you notice any symptoms, do visit ent specialist otherwise it may result in the permanent hearing loss. Also once it becomes permanent, there is no cure to nihl, in nihl. The hair cells in your inner ear are damaged by the exposure to noise. The hair cells’ ability to pick-up and transmit sound to the brain is thus reduced.
There is only one prevention from nihl which is staying away from loud noise or may be using ear protections in some cases.
Your hearing is one of the most important functions your body carries out and sometimes you realize that you are losing your sense of hearing when it is too late to get it back. There are two main reasons for this. One of the reasons is age, as the inner ear's hair cells break down and do not pick up sound well.
Here are 9 ways to safeguard your hearing:
1. Try to avoid loud places - It is not advisable to go to places where you have to shout to be heard such as in a street, a concert or a construction site.
2. Buy low noise rating equipment - The equipments in your house will make sounds that you hear the most. Try to avoid these equipments by buying appliances with a low noise rating.
3. Wear hearing protection at loud places - However, it is true that it is not always possible to avoid loud noises. This is when you need to get hearing protection. Earplugs and earmuffs are two of the best ways to make sure that even when you are in a loud place, your hearing does not get affected. Earplugs and earmuffs generally reduce sound by 15 to 30 decibels which may be crucial to make sure that later in your life, you do not lose your hearing.
4. Avoid smoke - Smoking raises your chances of hearing loss. Second hand smoke does the same thing. Therefore, try to stop smoking if you are a smoker, and try to stop consuming second hand smoke if you are not a smoker.
5. Remove earwax properly - Earwax cannot be removed properly using a cotton swab. Instead, you should use an irrigation kit. Remember this as otherwise; the earwax could muffle your hearing.
6. Avoid medications which reduce hearing - Certain medications increase hearing loss. Therefore, double check with your doctor to make sure your medicines will not make you lose your hearing.
7. Get your hearing tested - Finally, get your hearing tested as identifying the problem early on can help stop worsen the situation.
8. Avoid using earbuds - Earbuds should not be used regularly as it may accidentally damage your eardrum which can eventually lead to hearing loss can happen.
9. Taking anti-oxidants and vitamins - Recent studies have proved that taking vitamins and anti-oxidants in adequate amount help avoiding the hearing loss for a long time.
Ageing is not the only factor that brings hearing impairment. The causes are many. Certain medications, continuous exposure to loud noise, genetic involvement, injury and some medical conditions may cause hearing loss.
- You find it hard to hear phone conversations: Do you find yourself asking the person on the other end of the phone line to 'repeat' themselves, or find yourself pressing the phone instrument right into your ear? If you are trying so hard to hear, you might find yourself missing out on bits of the conversation as focussing to clearly hear the conversation is exhausting work. Getting a hearing test might be a good option if this sounds like you.
- Your TV is blaring: Do you often find people around you shouting above the TV sound complaining that it's too loud? When you find it hard to hear the TV at the average volume and find yourself turning up the sound, this could signify a hearing loss. Doctors are seeing a growing number of patients visiting them after prolonged exposure to loud music and sounds.
- You have trouble hearing in noisy environments: When you are out dining with friends or family at a busy restaurant or accompanying a friend shopping in a busy street, all that background noise makes it difficult to hear what the people are saying. People with hearing loss often have problems masking out background noise.
- You find yourself leaning closer to people to follow the conversation or staring at their lips trying to lip-read what's being said.
- Family members telling 'you're going deaf'?: Trust the views of the people closest to you, they never lie about your health. Family members often are the first to sense signs of hearing loss as they find themselves repeating things to you or calling out louder to get your 'attention'.
HI, One day My mother wake up in the morning and she had a difficultly to hear anything. She can not hear properly.
Sir, my mother use hearing aid but few days ago she got MRI done in which all metals including hearing aid was removed only gold ornaments were allowed in MRI. After the scan she feels that hearing is affected please suggest me how can we help her improve her hearing.
My child has a problem of hearing, and after some medical checkup I was told that his hearing is too slow its up to 90 percent so what can I do.
Hi, I recently had a hearing test (results summarised below), which indicated mild hearing loss at the 4k Hz level. The audiologist said not to worry about it, protect my ears going forward and it will very unlikely worsen. He even mentioned that it may reverse itself, especially if blood flow is promoted to the corti. For reference I am only 32 years old, so I understand any recording above the 20DB mark is not ideal. The values are for 250, 500, 1k, 2k, 4k and 8k Hz levels LEFT = 10, 5, 15, 20, 25, 20 (air conduction) LEFT = n/a, 10, 10, 20, 25, n/a (bone conduction) RIGHT = 15, 10, 15, 15, 30, 15 (air conduction) So my direct questions are: 1. Is it likely that this level of hearing loss will impact me significantly in my daily social and work (office) life? 2. Is it likely that my hearing loss will not worsen provided I do not expose myself to excessive sounds (excluding any age related hearing loss as I get older)? 3. Are my audiologist's comments that "it may even reverse itself" accurate? 4. How can I best promote blood flow to the ear, and in particular the corti, to potentially help any recover? Many thanks for your help. Kind regards
Sir, I am 22 years old and I'm unable to hear what my parents and others talking properly I hardly hear some words from them but I'm not able to hear ,eg. When my bro make a phone call for me to talk to me I didn't even know it's ringing and I started talking this is my problem what will I do get rid of this I'm married recently and it became a huge problem for me please help me sir.
I have 115 dbh profound hearing loss in my right ear. One ent specialist told me we can not do any good thing on that ear. But I have doubt. She told my nerves are gone weak. But will I be able to listen with help of cochlear implants?
Hearing loss is a common sensory problem that generally develops with increasing age or due to prolonged or persistent exposure to loud noises. It is one of the most typical problems that occurs throughout the world. If you are suffering from partial hearing loss, you may find ways of keeping in touch with your family and friends. If you-re not suffering from such the following may help you keep your hearing intact for years to come.
Types of Hearing Loss -
There are two main types of hearing loss:
1. Conductive Hearing Loss where the problem lies in the middle ear, ear drum or ossicles.
A conductive hearing loss affects the passage of sound between the ear drum and the inner ear. Sound passes down the ear canal to the ear drum and through the middle ear, where the sound is transmitted across the middle ear by the three bones called the ossicles to the inner ear.
Causes of Conductive Hearing Loss-
1. Malformation of outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear structures
2. Fluid in the middle ear from colds
3. Ear infection (otitis media - an infection of the middle ear in which an accumulation of fluid may interfere with the movement of the eardrum and ossicles
5. Poor Eustachian tube function
6. Perforated eardrum
7. Benign tumors
8. Impacted earwax
9. Infection in the ear canal
10. Foreign body in the ear
2. Sensorineural Hearing Loss where there is damage in the inner ear, cochlea or hearing nerve.
Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Most of the time, SNHL cannot be medically or surgically corrected. This is the most common type of permanent hearing loss.
Causes of Sensorineural Hearing Loss -
1. Exposure to loud noise
2. Head trauma
3. Virus or disease
4. Autoimmune inner ear disease
5. Hearing loss that runs in the family
6. Aging (presbycusis)
7. Malformation of the inner ear
8. Meniere's Disease
Coping with Hearing Loss
Antibiotics and eardrops are often prescribed to treat hearing loss and its symptoms. In many cases, people suffering from severe hearing loss use hearing aids. Hearing aids are tiny instruments that people use in their ears to make sounds louder. People who suffer from hearing loss cope with their problems through increased concentration and focus. The usual way involves reading the moving lips of the person while they talk. Prevention is better than cure and is the best solution to avoid long term hearing loss. Avoiding continuous loud noises, to the possible extent helps prevent hearing loss to a great extent.