Noise Damage

Jan L. Mayes explains risk and prevention of hearing system noise damage including hidden hearing loss, hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis.

Measure Noise Pollution using Free NIOSH Sound Level Meter Smartphone App

[Revised July 10, 2019] There are lots of Smartphone sound level meter apps, but most aren’t accurate or free. Many pretend to be free but cost money to change the default settings to public health recommended settings for environmental noise. The noise scientists at the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health in the U.S. …

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Measuring Public Noise Using Crowdsourced Sound Level Meter Apps

[Revised July 9, 2019; Originally published November 27, 2017] Crowdsourced Smartphone Apps Smartphone Sound Level Meter apps are the latest technology to help people measure and map indoor and outdoor sound levels around the world. Apps can be used for personal use to find quiet locations at home or while traveling. Citizen scientists–everyday people–use these …

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Noise Damage Prevention Plan to Protect Children’s Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1.1 billion children and teenagers are at risk for long-term hearing loss from high level noise. Noise damage also causes tinnitus (hearing extra sound) and hyperacusis (hearing sound extra loud).  The Quiet Coalition reports that environmental noise pollution is a public health crisis. This includes health effects starting …

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Loud Balloons Damage Hearing

Loud balloons damage hearing. But they don’t come with any warning about hearing risk from loud impulse sounds. Current science shows noise, including sudden impulse noise, can damage the inner ears and the connections between the inner ears and hearing nerves. This can cause tinnitus, hyperacusis and/or hearing loss. Experts believe peak impulse noise of …

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