Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
As mentioned above, noise induced hearing loss is a hearing loss that is caused by excess exposure to loud noises. This can occur in one distinct and extremely loud incident such as a gunshot or jet takeoff, however, more often than not NIHL occurs over a prolonged period of time. Noise induced hearing loss can affect anyone at any age and is actually extremely common amongst young people. In fact, the World Health Organization warns that about 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of developing noise induced hearing loss due to their excess use of personal listening devices and noisy leisure activities.