Can tinnitus be caused by exposure to loud noise?

Can tinnitus be caused by exposure to loud noise?

Yes, exposure to loud noise is one of the most common causes of tinnitus. Prolonged or repeated exposure to loud noise, such as music concerts, construction sites, or loud machinery, can damage the hair cells in the inner ear, leading to tinnitus. The damage to the hair cells can be temporary or permanent, and in some cases, can also result in hearing loss.

It’s important to protect your ears from loud noise to prevent tinnitus and hearing loss. This can include wearing earplugs or earmuffs in noisy environments, taking breaks from noise, and keeping the volume of personal listening devices at a safe level. If you already have tinnitus due to noise exposure, seeing an audiologist is important to determine the severity and potential underlying causes and receive appropriate treatment.

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