Table titled Possible Effects of Hearing Loss with two columns. The first column is titled, Short-Term and includes: Difficulty communicating in quiet and noise; Fatigue; Possible Safety Concerns; Difficulty with sound localization. The second column is title Long-Term and includes the following: Cognitive Decline; Falls; Depression/Anxiety; Social Isolation

How Loud is Too Loud? Part Three: The Long-Term Effects of Hearing Loss

Key Points • Long term effects of hearing loss can include cognitive decline, increased risk of falls, depression/anxiety, and social isolation.• Hearing loss, which is also common in older adults has been found to be associated with clinically significant cognitive decline as well as MCI. • Those aged 50 and older with untreated hearing loss…

Infographic of two women talking together and of them trying to communicate with ambient noise coming from speakers

How Loud is Too Loud? Part Two: Hearing in Noise on the Job

Key Points • Hearing in a noisy work environment is not only difficult for those with hearing loss, but for individuals with normal hearing as well, because background noise can cover up the meaning or clarity of speech.• The brain has two tasks when hearing in noise: separating speech from noise and filling in missed…

Anatomy of the ear

How Loud is Too Loud? Part One: How Loud Noise Affects the Ear and Hearing

Key Points • Within the inner ear are small hair cells which transmit sound information to the brain. Loud sounds sent through the system can cause these hair cells become damaged and can even die. • Hazardous noise is defined as that which exceeds 85 dB if an individual is exposed for an 8-hour day.•…