Image of guitarist at concertWe know loud noises are bad for our ears, but did you know they can impact other areas of our health as well?

Studies have shown that repeated exposure to high-level noise impacts our health in some surprising ways. Being subjected to sounds of 85 decibels or more over eight hours can lead to permanent hearing loss, while exposure to 100 decibels can cause hearing loss in just 15 minutes. Sounds louder than 110 decibels cause immediate, permanent hearing loss. For comparison, the average conversation is about 50 decibels.

Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama presents the following information on the dangers of loud noises:

Tied to Mental Health Issues

One study found that exposure to loud noise has been linked to a 200% increased risk of anxiety and depression in adults. Further, it’s been connected to emotional stress in children, as well as contributing to learning disabilities.

In general, It’s important to remember that exposure to excessively loud noise results in permanent hearing loss. Individuals with untreated hearing loss have twice the risk of developing mental health problems as those who do treat their impairment.

It Slows The Healing Process

Another study discovered that hospital patients exposed to loud noise took longer to heal. Worsening the healing process time was that patients didn’t sleep as well when in environments that weren’t conducive to sleeping. After seeing the results, the World Health Organization issued a recommendation that hospitals maintain levels not above 35 decibels (the noise level of a whisper).

Can Cause A Heart Attack

German researchers found that 3% of all heart attacks are linked to prolonged exposure to environmental noise. Loud sounds can lead to irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure, which in turn lead to heart attacks or strokes. Noise levels also affect sleep quality, which can cause stress to the heart.

May Cause Dementia

It turns out that not treating severe hearing loss can drastically increase one’s chances of developing dementia. A study from Johns Hopkins found that individuals with severe hearing impairment are five times as likely to develop dementia. Even those with mild hearing loss had twice the risk of dementia.

Don’t wait to address your hearing health. If you’re concerned about your exposure to noise and how it’s affecting your health, contact Physicians Hearing Center at (334) 673-7399 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .