Hearing loss can occur at any time, at any age. In fact, most people with hearing loss (65 percent) are younger than age 65. This is often because people don’t realize how quickly damage can occur, and that it can come from simple everyday occurrences.
Sounds can be harmful when they are too loud and can damage the sensitive structures in the inner ear, causing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL can be immediate or take a long time to become noticeable. It’s critical that patients are aware of the damaging sounds and learn how to better protect their gift of hearing.
Fans at sporting events have become extremely loud in the last few years. At recent games noise levels in stadiums have been ranging between 135 and 142 db.