Noise Induced Hearing Loss
What is Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)?
Hearing cells don’t regenerate. When a hearing cell dies it’s gone for the rest of your life. Most often, cell damage and cell death caused by noise exposure progresses slowly over time and the brain adapts, so it may take a decade or more to notice. By then hearing loss has become a permanent disability. But NIHL can happen much faster as the noise level intensity increases, especially with repeated exposure. Noise that exceeds the ability of hearing protection devices to reduce the exposure to a safe level is particularly traumatic and dangerous, potentially leading to permanent hearing loss in a matter of days, weeks or months, depending on the intensity of the exposure.
Sound intensity increases logarithmically. Every 3 dB represents a doubling of sound intensity. Increasing loudness from 80dB (the upper range of safe) to 100 dB (definitely unsafe) increases sound intensity 100 times. Exposure to rising levels of sound or noise can create inner ear trauma quickly, which increases the risks of biochemical damage and inner ear cell death quickly, too. The level of noise may be risky for your hearing if it requires you to raise your voice, lean closer to someone or shout in their ear.
Try taking Soundbites every day for at least four weeks.
What to expect from Soundbites
Soundbites helps improve auditory function fast; it gets to inner ear cells within 30 minutes. If you’ve taken Soundbites before a long exposure to loud noise, you may notice fewer, milder or no after-effects, which may include reduced symptoms of muffled hearing, reduced temporary tinnitus or relief from ear pain. You may notice that Soundbites ‘wears off’ during a single continuous exposure to intense levels of sound or noise. This is an indication that your inner ear cells have metabolized all the supplemental antioxidants and are once again under stress. If your exposure continues it’s acceptable to take another dose, but we don’t recommend doing this routinely. Neither do we recommend unprotected exposure to intensely loud music or noise.