It is a little considered, but well known medical fact that the ears are a very fragile part of the human body. Lengthy exposure to sound pressure levels over 85dBA will cause damage to the hearing. Loud music can create TTS, Temporary Threshold Shift, which is a temporary loss of hearing. However this can develop into permanent loss if exposure is practiced regularly. Hearing loss is created when the tiny hair cells in the inner ear are destroyed from repeated exposure to loud music.
Loud sounds have a direct effect on the autonomic nervous system (which are the body functions such as digestion and breathing), in the same manner as many stimulant drugs. The heart rate speeds up, adrenaline is released and the intestines tighten up and move. Just a two hour session of extremely loud music can create temporary deafness.
Researchers as far back as 1998 found that dependence on high-decibel music has exactly the same symptoms as alcohol, drug abuse, tobacco and gambling.
Many of those questioned, stated that their music-listening habits were out of control. They showed symptoms of craving, loss of control over their music-listening habits, detrimental side effects like hearing loss, an infringement on other activities and symptoms of withdrawal like mood swings, lethargy and depression.
Music addicts are not limited to gender, age, or musical taste. They can vary from the very young to the late 60s and may listen to anything from heavy metal and modern music, to the classical.
“Music has the capacity to induce rapid potent changes in mood and level of arousal, the ability to reduce negative states and the tendency to elicit the experience of craving. These three elements seem to be present in all addictive substances around which patterns of addictive behaviour tends to develop" revealed the study.
This addiction to loud music is not merely in the secular world. Recent studies showed that a vast majority of churches run at the same dangerous levels.
About the author,
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