The most common cause of hearing loss is NIHL (noise-induced hearing loss). 65 decibels is what we are used to in our normal levels of conversation. At gigs and concerts, the sound level can reach as high as 120 decibels. What most people don’t realise is that when your ears are exposed to the sound at 110 decibels, only two minutes of exposure is enough to start causing hearing loss. Imagine what would happen if you spend hours at a concert, under that level of exposure. If you attend concerts on a regular basis, then the risk is even higher.
Do your children use earphones or headphones?
Are you aware that they could cause avoidable noise-induced hearing loss?
Increasing use of headphones in both children and adults is creating an epidemic of hearing loss that the doctors are just beginning to be aware of.
Hearing loss is a silent epidemic in Britain that’s spreading to the masses. The Daily Mail recently printed an article which mentions that according to the charity, Action on Hearing Loss, by 2031 about 14.5 million people will be suffering from hearing loss. Currently 20% of young people have hearing problems from exposure to loud sound, and that number is set to rise.
Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that “” because of excessive use of earphones/headphones. The prolonged exposure, as well as high volumes are causing damage without people even realising. Just look around you when you are on a public transport or walking down the street – how many people are wearing earphones?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated March 3 as the International Ear Care Day. According to WHO, “the Day aims to raise
If you thought earphones couldn’t get glamourous…we have news for you! ACS (Meridian Audio, Advanced Communication Solutions) have combined forces with Asprey fashion house to produce a bespoke in-ear monitors, to increase awareness of noise-induced hearing loss.
These earphones are endorsed by Sir George Martin, to raise money for the UK’s primary hearing loss charity, Action for Hearing Loss.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated March 3 as the International Ear Care Day. According to WHO, “the Day aims to raise awareness and promote ear and hearing care across the world.”
At LimitEar, that’s what we are constantly trying to do.
Are your kids using earphones or headphones? Chances are, they are, whether for education or recreational purposes.
Today’s kids, even starting as young as toddlers, spend a lot of time with electronic devices. I have seen toddlers wearing earphones in planes and railway station, because their parents need to keep them entertained without disturbing others. In schools, multimedia resources are becoming a norm. Kids have phones and tablets, and it’s their main method of listening to music on the go. With such consistent usage of earphones and headphones, today’s children are increasingly at risk of hearing damage.
We are using a selection of text from one of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes' book, which is legally out of copyright, and therefore appropriate for open samples. Using these audio files you can spot the differences, and understand for yourself, what it might be like to have each of these hearing problems.
To many of us, hearing loss is such a completely abstract concept very difficult to truly understand until it happens to you, or someone close to you.
Sometimes, you may not even notice that your hearing’s been damaged until it’s too late, the early stages of hearing loss are difficult to identify, particularly in our modern life, which is full of a cacophony of sounds.
One of the biggest challenges with hearing problems is that most people simply aren’t aware of the day-to-day risks they take that are associated with hearing loss.
If you are like most people, you probably take your hearing for granted too. I know I do.
If you are like most people, you probably take your hearing for granted. You don’t really think about going deaf, unless you’ve already developed hearing problems. You may not consider how every day sounds are impacting your long-term hearing.
Unfortunately, because the hearing damage is irreversible, this lack of awareness could be dangerous. So, the best solution to protect your hearing is to prevent the damage in the first place.
Do you work in the broadcasting or live events industry? Are you self-employed working with different companies from day to day? Are you responsible for your own health and safety?
With the disintegration of the television business in recent years, the days have gone where you were employed by one employer for many years and they would look after you. These days, you could find yourself working with 20 or 30 companies in any year. So who is looking after you now?
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is a lot more common than you may think. NIHL happens due to loud sounds that damage your ears; you don’t need to be consistently listening to rap with headphones at full volumes to get NIHL. Certain sounds can cause permanent damage even if you are exposed to them for only a brief period of time. These sounds can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear, which may result in NIHL.
One of the biggest problems with NIHL is that it’s not always immediately noticeable. This is also one of the main reasons why it’s often not taken as seriously as it should be. You may not find out for years that your hearing was damaged through exposure to particular sounds.