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Can loud music cause hearing loss?

Q:Can loud music cause hearing loss?

 

A:It can. Listening to loud music through ear buds connected to devices like iPods or MP3 players or at music concerts can cause hearing loss. The inner part of the ear contains tiny hair cells (nerve endings). The hair cells change sound into electric signals. Then nerves carry these signals to the brain, which recognizes them as sound. These tiny hair cells are easily damaged by loud sounds. The human ear is like any other body part — too much use can damage it.

Over time, repeated exposure to loud noise and music can cause hearing loss. If hearing loss is ignored or untreated, it can get worse. If you think that you have a hearing problem, ask your doctor for a hearing test. Depending on your test results, your doctor may refer you to a specialist.

To learn more about South Nassau’s otolaryngology care, treating problems of the ear, nose and throat, click here.

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