Noise exposure occurs when sound is above 85 decibels. The louder the noise, the more it can damage the inner ear. Inside the inner ear there are basilar hair membranes that are in fluid in the inner ear. Inside the inner ear, the hair membranes get damaged by loud noise and eventually the damage is permanent. We have temporary threshold shifts when we are exposed to noise with an accompanying ringing in the ears. Sometimes it takes one or two days for the ringing to stop and sound to return to normal.

The longer you are exposed to noise, the more permanent the hearing loss may become.

What happens to you:

How to cope with noise induced hearing loss: