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Causes of Hearing Loss

Prolonged loud noise can do more damage than you may think — it is a far more common cause of hearing loss than age. Noise causes hearing loss by damaging hair cells in the inner ear that convert the sounds you hear from sound energy into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged, the hair cells cannot grow back, causing permanent damage.

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The intensity of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Hearing loss can result from prolonged exposure to any loud noise over 85 dB or sudden exposure to loud sounds like explosions. To give you an idea of how easy it is for everyday noise to cause damage, refer to the chart below.

60 dB Conversation
80 dB Alarm Clocks
90 dB Hair Dryers
100 dB MP3 players at full volume
110 dB Concerts
Car Racing
Sporting Events
120 dB Jet Engines
130 dB Ambulance Sirens
140 dB Gun Shots


If you think you have hearing loss, call (804) 937-EARS (3277) to schedule a hearing evaluation today or click here to schedule an appointment online.

Source: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)