Listening to loud noise over a long period of time can damage the inner ear. Unfortunately, this damage is usually permanent.
The World Health Organization recommends that adults not be exposed to more than 140 decibels of peak sound pressure, similar to the sound of a siren. For children, the recommendation is 120 decibels, similar to the sound of a crowd.
The hearing specialists at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery explain how noise can damage hair cells, membranes, nerves, or other parts of your ear, causing temporary or permanent hearing loss.