Screeching one’s way to deafness

Published: 03rd October 2012 08:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd October 2012 08:40 AM   |  A+A-


28-year-old Sujeet Roy(name changed), a musician, once way back in 2008, had a great show in a small pub in the city.

 An unforgettable concert as the audience loved his performance.

 But alas ! After that night, he became partially d e a f .

 “ Being a musician, this is really difficult for me.

 I went into depression for months together.

 Today, I am on medication but my hearing loss is permanent,” he says.

 Loud music might drive your excitement sky high but at the same time it can also affect your hearing completely or partially.

 Medical experts opine that more and more young people are having hearing problems because of listening to very high decibel sounds.

 “We get a lot of cases where youngsters complain of hearing problems.

 The most common condition is tinnitus or ringing noise in the ear.

 This is mostly caused by listening to very loud music,” says Dr Sonia S V, ENT consultant.

 Dr Sonia further added that the main problem is ignorance.

 “A lot of people especially youngsters ignore the problem.

 If you consult a doctor within 48 hours, hearing can be recovered.

 Some people come after a week and then nothing can be done.

” Amongst the youngsters visiting Dr Sonia’s clinic for a check up mostly are call centre employees.

 According to Dr Bathi Reddy, ENT consultant the human ear can take sounds upto 50-60 decibel but the frequency of sound in concerts or clubs is over 100 decibels which can lead to deafness.

 “I get one or two young patients everyday who complain of hearing loss.

 Recently, a young man came to my clinic complaining of hearing problems.

 He had attended one of these big music concerts in the city,” he said.

 Dr Reddy added that if the required treatment is not availed immediately, nothing can be done.

 A year back, 24-year-old Puneet Jewendah, a dancer by profession lost her hearing completely.

 “Doctors were not able to diagnose the problem.

 It started with a buzzing sound and I ignored it for a week.

 After this, the doctors could not recover my hearing.

 Now I am tone deaf by one ear,” she recounts.


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