Your ears may not be having fun when life is loud

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We tend to like it loud when we’re having fun. At other times, unwanted noise can’t be avoided. Regardless of the situation, when sound or noise reaches damagingly high levels you may get agitated, try to block it by covering your ears with your hands or stick your fingers in your ears, or look for ways out. 

Those responses are signals of inner ear trauma, mainly caused not by physical damage but by biological dysfunction. Your ears are working too hard, unable to cope. Reduced inner ear blood flow triggered by oxidative stress is injuring your hearing.

Unfortunately, it’s too easy to injure our ears this way. Hearing loss from noise accounts for more than 90% of all hearing loss. Most often, deafness from noise gets worse gradually over years, but it can happen faster. Intensity, duration and frequency of exposure are the key factors.

 

Muffled hearing and tinnitus are common symptoms. Your ears may seem clogged. You may feel pressure or numbness. Voices may seem fuzzier, quieter, farther away than normal. You may likely experience temporary tinnitus too, which is ringing in the ears, chirping, buzzing or screeching tones. [explain temporary]

 

Your brain needs to receive signals from ears to make sense of sounds from the world around you. But the brain adapts as the cells responsible for doing that work suffer damage or die, which makes hearing loss possible to ignore until it’s serious enough to consider hearing aids. [explain permanent]  In the meantime, tinnitus may have likely become one of the ways the brain is adapting. Tinnitus may also be possible to ignore, but possibly not.

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