The Effects of Lound Sounds on Health
Hearing loud sounds can be very harmful to your health, but it is unlikely that you will die or have a sudden heart attack from it. However, loud sounds can cause other serious problems, such as:
Hearing impairment: Loud sounds can damage the tiny hair cells in your inner ear that help you hear. This can lead to hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or paracusis (distorted hearing).
Cardiovascular disease: Loud sounds can increase your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones, which can affect your heart health. Long-term exposure to noise pollution can increase your risk of developing hypertension, ischemic heart disease, or heart failure.
Sleep disturbance: Loud sounds can make it hard for you to fall asleep, stay asleep, or get enough quality sleep. This can affect your mood, concentration, memory, and immune system.
Mental health and cognition: Loud sounds can cause anxiety, irritability, frustration, and anger. They can also interfere with your ability to learn, remember, and focus. Noise pollution can also worsen existing mental health conditions, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Children’s health: Loud sounds can affect the development and well-being of children. They can cause learning delays, attention deficits, behavioral problems, and low birth weight.
Therefore, it is important to protect yourself from noise pollution and reduce your exposure to loud sounds as much as possible. Some ways to do that are:
Wear earplugs or noise-canceling headphones when you are exposed to loud sounds, such as at concerts, construction sites, or airports.
Avoid using headphones or speakers at high volumes, especially for long periods of time.
Keep your windows closed and use curtains, carpets, or plants to absorb sound in your home.
Use white noise machines, fans, or soft music to mask unwanted sounds and create a relaxing atmosphere.
Seek medical help if you experience any signs of hearing loss, tinnitus, or cardiovascular problems.
Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)
Internal Medicine Specialist
Phone : 85000 23456