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May 25, 2004

Hearing Loss Is Permanent

Nobody likes a noisy environment. For some people, loud noises cause anxiety and irritability, which can also lead to an increase in pulse rate and blood pressure, or an increase in stomach acid.

"If you think you have grown used to a loud noise, you're not immune -- it has probably already damaged your ears," he notes.

"The ear is one of the human body's most complex, and at the same time, delicate systems," says Professor Chen Xueming, an otologist at Shanghai Ruijin Hospital.

The damage caused by noise is called sensorineural hearing loss or nerve deafness.

"As the number of nerve endings decreases, so does your hearing. Remarkably, there is no way to restore life to dead nerve endings. The damage is permanent."

The long-time, habitual use of earphones, especially when the volume is high, can easily produce noise exposures well above the accepted safety limits.

"There is almost no treatment, no medicine, no surgery or no even a hearing aid, that can completely restore your hearing once it is damaged," Professor Chen says.

Protect your hearing now to prevent hearing loss later in life. Some tips for ear care are at the end of this article. One they forgot to mention is wear ear protection when around loud noises.

Posted by linda at May 25, 2004 7:55 AM

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