The most common hearing issues are Tinnitus, Hyperacusis and Hearing Loss. Some people may be affected by one or more of these conditions. The best way to protect against them is to wear hearing protection when you need to moderate your home, work or social environment
Tinnitus is most often described as a constant sound running in the background. According to the British Tinnitus Association (BTA): “Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound. This noise may be heard in one ear, in both ears or in the middle of the head or it may be difficult to pinpoint its exact location. The noise may be low, medium or high‑pitched. There may be a single noise or two or more components. The noise may be continuous or it may come and go.” Experiences of tinnitus are very common in all age groups, especially following exposure to loud noise.
Hyperacusis is described by the BTA as “a symptom that can be a minor nuisance to some but a life altering experience to others. The term is generally applied to people who experience the sounds of everyday life as intrusively loud, uncomfortable, and sometimes painful. Exposure to sudden loud noise can sometimes trigger the symptom. In some other people, a negative life event appears to be associated with the onset, but for many people no clear reason can be identified.” For those with Hyperacusis hearing protection can be very useful when in noisy situations to alleviate symptoms.
Hearing Loss has many causes. Repeated exposure to high noise levels has proven to be the most common cause for both the young and old individuals. The best defence in the prevention of hearing loss, is the early use of effective hearing protection.
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