Do you suffer from hearing damage? You’re not the only one! In the Netherlands, 1 in 10 Dutch people has hearing damage due to noise, loud music, old age and other things. Hearing damage is very common in our society. Unlimited headphones, earphones, music festivals and concerts ensure that young people come into contact with loud noise at an earlier age, which is harmful. Listening to your favorite music is best for many people when the volume is turned up to the maximum. It is easier to suffer hearing damage than you think. It is therefore not surprising that we help more and more people of all ages with a suitable (and as much as possible invisible) hearing aid . For example the Oticon OPN  or the  Oticon OPN S.

When will you suffer hearing damage?

Sound is the main and most common source of hearing damage. Everyone knows it is wiser to wear earplugs to festivals, concerts and going out. Yet it happens too little in practice. Fortunately, we see an upward trend in which more and more people wear earplugs and where more attention is paid to wearing hearing protection at music events.

Of course, loud noise does not only occur in these places. Many people work daily, seven days a week next to or with machines that produce loud noise. Or what do you think of motorcyclists? The sound of the wind past their helmet is often louder than 80 decibels. But when is noise harmful? This is from 80 decibels. And from 120 decibels, sound can damage your hearing within moments. Do you work with loud noise around you? Then consider custom earplugs to protect your ears.

What exactly is hearing damage?

There are cilia in the cochlea. The cilia converts incoming sound in the brain for the brain, so that you can hear. In case of hearing damage due to noise or music, these cilia damage. Sometimes you can restore the state of your cilia with peace of mind, but not always. Serious damage to your cilia makes you less able to hear and sometimes you can also suffer from ringing in the ears.

Temporary hearing damage

Part of us will suffer temporary hearing damage during their lifetime. Do you suffer from a ruptured eardrum? Maybe you have annoying ear infections. These are often temporary causes that cause you to hear less well. In addition, there are also medication that cause less hearing as a side effect. Some of this has a temporary deterioration of hearing.

The forms of hearing damage

In general, we divide hearing damage into mildly hard of hearing and severely hard of hearing. In contrast to being deaf, where you no longer hear anything, hearing damage comes in varying degrees. Hearing worse due to hearing damage is not always literally hearing less than you did before. In some cases it also ensures that you perceive sound differently. Loud sounds can be more shrill and painful to perceive, it can be difficult to distinguish background noise, and you can become hypersensitive to normal noise. This hypersensitivity is called hyperacusis. In addition, you can also suffer from distortion where the sound is distorted. There are also many people who suffer from diplacusis, where you hear differently with each ear.

Permanent hearing damage, now what?

Have you undergone an examination for hearing damage and do you appear to be suffering from hearing damage? Fortunately, there are many good and invisible hearing aids to help you. What is especially important is that you take better care of your hearing. Bring earplugs if you think the sound will be too loud somewhere. Or just take earplugs everywhere you go. Rather bring a set than the next day a ring in your ears because the sound was too loud. Hearing aids come in many different sizes and designs. That’s why nowadays you don’t have to walk around with a very large hearing aid that is clearly visible. Every year we still meet people who postpone buying a hearing aid out of shame. This is not necessary for anything. At Online-HearingAids.com we have hearing aids that are in the ear canal, of which you don’t see anything at all!

Prevent hearing damage

There are a number of symptoms that indicate when you have heard too loud a noise. A beep or noise is the most common symptom. Take care of your hearing, because you only have one set of ears! Prevent hearing damage by always wearing custom earplugs or wearing headphones when the sound is loud. This reduces the risk of hearing damage. Hearing damage above 100 decibels can occur within minutes, which you can easily experience during a night out with your favorite music. When listening to music, make sure you never set the volume to 100%, teach yourself to listen to less loud music.

Service of Online-HearingAids.com

Have you had the feeling that you have suffered hearing damage for a long time? Then come to our store in Naarden and take a hearing test. After this, we will look at which hearing aids suit you best. Don’t want to go back to the store again and again to have your device adjusted? We neither! That is why we set up your hearing aid for you once, which is included in the price. Normal hearing care professionals assume at least three adjustments, which means that the price of these hearing aids is higher. We have an eye for your ears !

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