Damaging Sounds of the City

The hustle and bustle of Manhattan is one of the things that draws visitors to New York City. It may be exhilarating for out-of –towners, but the noise can be damaging to those exposed to it every day.

Research shows that, throughout the busier parts of the city, the noise exceeds 70 decibels. Being subjected to that level of sound on an everyday basis can cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) over time. People exposed to high levels of noise on the job are at an even higher risk for hearing loss. But NIHL isn’t just a 9-to-5 issue.

Outside of work, people in large cities face exposure to deafening decibels such as ear-piercing subway trains, blasting car horns, screaming sirens and car alarms. If these sounds don’t cause hearing loss, they may lead to other problems like higher stress levels, increased risk for heart problems, tinnitus and trouble sleeping.

Here are some tips to help prevent hearing loss:

  • When watching TV, listening to the radio or to your MP3 player, if you think it sounds too loud, it probably is. Turn down the volume and limit the amount of time you listen.
  • Use noise-cancelling headphones when listening to music.
  • Wear hearing protection when you know you’ll be exposed to loud sounds.

Just remember, hearing loss is permanent, but it can easily be prevented. If you suspect you may have hearing loss, schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient locations throughout the New York City area.