Following Industrial revolution, loss of hearing among adults had increased throughout the world. Earlier exposure to extreme loud sounds was more of a problem for industrial workers. But in recent decades most parts of the world, especially the urban areas have become extreme noisy places affecting our inborn hearing capacity.
University of Michigan in America had conducted a scientific study on New York City residents. This study found that nine out of New York City dwellers were chronically exposed high level of noise that could harm their hearing. Although no such major research has been done in India, yet we can be sure that at several urban areas of India we are exposed to dangerous level of noise that may cause permanent damage to our hearing.
Ignorant of danger:
Most of this risk comes from traffic and other environmental sounds, which are on the rise. We also knowingly punish our ears when we attend music concerts, dance bars and noisy festivals.
Listening to music by earbuds and earphones at high volume is quite common now. It is damaging our ears. More and more youngsters have started to have problems with hearing.
Be all ears:
A 2021 survey of 2,439 U.S. adults by the American Speech language Hearing association (ASHA) found that 51 per cent of the sample had problems with their hearing. 38 per cent said that their hearing wasn't as good as it could be, and 13 per cent said they have difficulty in hearing. But only about 20 per cent of people in the sample had their hearing tested in the past five years. This hinted at how we neglect our years.
Apart from exposure to high decibel sounds, the other reasons behind hearing loss are aging, heredity or illness like meningitis. But exposure to loud sounds, which once was mostly a problem for industrial workers, is a growing problem in our increasingly noisy world.