Your love of sports may be damaging your hearing. Though attending live sporting events and going to a crowded bar to watch sports can be a great way to spend time with friends, let loose, and have fun, it can also put you at a greater risk of permanent hearing loss. Live sports can be loud enough to create noise-induced hearing issues, as can the noisy atmosphere in a bar and the TV volume at full blast.
People are exposed to a variety of noises every day. Power tools, the lawn mower running, and the radio in the car are a few examples of everyday sounds that all have the ability to damage hearing if they’re loud enough or if your exposure is long enough. This is known as noise-induced hearing loss, and it affects millions of Americans.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is perhaps the most dangerous kind, because it can happen to anyone at virtually anytime and can have permanent, irreversible effects on your hearing. NIHL is particularly difficult because unlike many forms of hearing loss, it is entirely preventable.
We’ve all been there: You’re out listening to live music, and you’re seated just a little too close to the speakers. Or perhaps there’s been heavy, loud construction going on outside your home for weeks on end. Perhaps, even, you are that musician playing extra-loud, or that construction worker dealing with heavy machinery.