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Cheating Hearing Loss

Have you ever left an event or show and noticed that incredibly annoying ringing sound in yours ears? Well if so than you’re most definitely not alone as was I and the many other concertgoers around the world on Saturday night (the damage done to my ears that night was probably as close as I’ll get to knowing what it feels like to know what it’s like to get hit with a flash bang grenade). This irritating sound is caused by over excitation of a part of the inner ear called the cochlea. Once the cochlea becomes too stimulated from the extraordinarily loud sound or music you were listening to the nerves that carry auditory information to your brain die and thus causes ringing in your ears or tinnitus. For those of you that are constantly exposed to loud music or noise this is probably old news and if it isn’t it’s probably a horrible feeling to find out how bad the shows you enjoy so much are for your hearing. However there may be hope http://elizabethlinehan.suite101.com/cochlear-implants-a114998 (<- I instinctually turned my music down to close to zero volume while reading this)

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  1. February 27, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Do you remember those ringtones that were high frequency sounds, made so that teachers couldn’t hear it when our phones went off? Well after switching to ear bud headphones, those frequencies became harder to hear. I quickly realized how easily we can damage our inner ear and how little there is to reverse the damage. Its upsetting that something I enjoy so much, music, is the same thing that can keep me from hearing it when I’m old.

  2. February 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I feel like a ton of people from our generation will ultimately get these because blasting music is just the reality in today’s world. Unfortunately, we don’t realize how detrimental little ear buds blasting music into your ears are. However, it’s funny that you mention this because I always am so perplexed to why my ears start ringing at random times. I actually learned last year that whenever your ears ring it is because little cells within the inner ear are dying off and if too many of them die your hearing will slowly dwindle. It’s scary to think about because it is too weird to think that one day in the future you could just go deaf. So, lesson learned: turn down your music.

  3. February 29, 2012 at 3:58 am

    My chorus teacher used to tell us that the rate of hearing loss in our country was a “national security issue”. We all just laughed because she had a tendency to voice her negative opinions about “our generation”. However, I’m starting to agree with her. I, like some of you have also mentioned, have begun noticing my inability to hear certain frequencies and sounds, because of my frequent use of earbuds. At this rate, the majority of our population will have some type of hearing loss, and probably much earlier on than in the past. While I still don’t know if I would classify this as a national security issue, it’s definitely something that could cause problems down the line.

  4. anthonypribadi
    February 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Hi! I didn’t know about this. I personally haven’t been to any strong heavy metal concerts or anything like that, so that haven’t happened to me, yet. I just want to comment on hearings.

    Noise has been a major issue in Industrial Engineering field. We even have the term ‘sound pollution’ now. But anyway, really, the real concern is that for labors who work all day long in factories with high level of noise. There were some cases that some labors lost their hearing, permanently! Some lost it temporarily. Thus, noise control is one of the major issues to deal with in factories.

    Another interesting thing, which I learnt from my professor last semester, is that our ears are more sensitive to sound in the morning, right after we wake up. After we come back from work or classes, typically we have lost our hearing ability to some degree, but not too much. And it will recover again when we sleep so that we can have a sharper hearing again in the next morning.

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