We know that loud noise exposure is not good for our ears when we have prolonged exposure. It can lead to early hearing loss, tinnitus, and according to a new study, heart disease. Many times the elements that are bad for our ears are also bad for other parts of our bodies.
Loud Noise Exposure Bad For your Heart TooResearchers from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in Lexington wanted to better understand how prolonged exposure to loud noises could affect the body, specifically the heart. In their study the researchers, led by Dr. Wen Qi Gan, used data on 5,223 people ranging in age from 20 to 69, from national health surveys conducted between the years of 1999 and 2004. The researchers also looked at participants exposure to loud noises either while at work or during leisure time activities. They saw that people who had suffered high-frequency hearing loss in both of their ears were also twice as likely to also suffer from coronary heart disease. They also found that people who were age 50 and younger who were exposed to loud noises regularly at work and who had high-frequency hearing loss in both ears had four times the risk of developing coronary heart disease! The other interesting thing they found was that people with single sided hearing loss or low-frequency hearing loss did not have the same increased risk of heart disease. This study only helps show the importance of protecting yourself from loud noise exposure. If you are looking for a disposable and quick option, you can use foam earplugs to help reduce your exposure to loud noises. For a more long term solution, you can get a custom pair of ear protectors which will offer the best form of protection from loud noises because they will fit your ears perfectly.
Are you interesting in learning more about custom ear protectors for you and your family? Custom ear protectors are perfect for musicians, sportsmen, and workers who are exposed to loud noises. Speak with our experienced audiologist at Krista Szalc, Audiology, PLLC and find how more about hearing loss prevention. Contact us today!