Stop the noise: Give your ears a break

Ears need breaks from the everyday noise exposure
Human hearing is often exposed to everyday noise 24 hours a day. Experts from the University Hospital Leipzig( UKL) warn against the noise on 27th April that we should give our ears a break more often. For the noise has not only a direct effect on the hearing, but is also associated with numerous other health impairments.

This year, the noise is under the slogan "So goes quietly" and should remind you to always have a break in the meantime. However, peace is now practically unknown to many people. They are subjected to continuous noise pollution in everyday life and no longer know how "quiet" actually works. Professor Dr. Michael Fuchs, Head of the Department of Phoniatrics and Audiology at the Department of Otolaryngology, Department of Otolaryngology, Department of Otolaryngology, Department of Otolaryngology, Department of Otolaryngology, Department of Otolaryngology, Department of Otorhinolaryngology,excessive noise exposure.

The persistent noise exposure in everyday life can have serious health consequences, which is why experts advise you to give your ears a break more often.(Photo: photo 5000 / fotolia.com) The prolonged exposure to noise in everyday life can have serious health consequences, which is why experts advise that they often have a break.(Picture: photo 5000 / fotolia.com)

Long-lasting noise damages the health
The perpetual buzzing, chattering, thumping, thumping and hammering, which is exposed to many ears every day, does not have any consequences for hearing. According to the expert from Leipzig, two kinds of noise can be distinguished from a medical viewpoint. The separation between the two is at a sound pressure level of 85 decibels( dB).Although noise levels below 85 dB do not cause hearing damage, this noise can also cause long-term sickness, emphasizes Prof. Fuchs. As a possible consequence of the continuous noise by airplanes, road traffic or permanent construction sites Fuchs calls, for example, hypertension and sleep disorders. For the hearing is open 24 hours a day and can not be closed like the eyes. The noise also acts upon us during sleep, and the body produces stress hormones even then."This is a so-called archaic reaction of the body," explains Professor Fuchs.

Noise deficiency can lead to social isolation
The specialist describes the hearing-damaging noise as a much more problematic at levels above 85 dB.The likelihood of a loudness of the hearing is strongly increased when people are exposed to such noise for years, for example. In the case of noise deafness, those affected not only hear worse, but also understand, for example, language worse, which ultimately can lead to social isolation, explains Professor Fuchs in the press release of the UKL.In the opinion of the expert, close cooperation with occupational medicine is required for the stresses caused by working noise, since the better medical practitioners know about the latest therapeutic possibilities, the more and better prophylaxis is possible. However, in their spare time, many people voluntarily continue to make noise through loud music in discotheques or listening to them through headphones, which can additionally amplify the problems.

Escape from the noise
Often, people with a high noise level do not know what "quiet" actually means. The expert advises you to simply escape from the noise, turn off the radio or the TV and go for a forest walk. According to Prof. Fuchs, 15 minutes of silence are a good thing for the ears. In addition, people should not forget that the cells in the cortical organ are destroyed in the inner ear, the actual sense organ, if the noise is too high and are irreversibly lost. The damage to the hearing remains irreversible. Prophylaxis and regular education, for example at schools, are therefore of great importance here. Young people must be made aware of what noise is, to move them to protect their hearing. Doctors and educators are called upon to sensitize people to the issue of hearing protection. This would have to be started again and again, according to the expert's conclusion.(fp)

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