Hidden Hearing Respond to Study of Teen Hearing Loss at Concerts

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Private hearing healthcare solutions provider, Hidden Hearing, have responded to research that reveals three quarters of teens experience a degree of temporary hearing loss after attending a concert.

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More young people need to be aware of the importance of hearing protection, especially when exposed to loud volumes of noise like at music concerts

A study of 29 teenagers at a rock concert found that 72% experienced reduced hearing after exposure to loud music levels.

The research by House Research Institute’s National Teen Hearing Loss Initiative gave free tickets to the teenagers and tested their hearing before and after the concert. They were seated in two blocks of seats within close range of each other, in front of the stage at the far end of the venue, 15-18 rows up from the floor.

Following the concert, 53.6% of the teenagers thought their hearing had been affected negatively with 25% reporting that they were experiencing tinnitus or ringing in the ears, which they had not had before the show.

All of the participants had the importance of hearing protection explained to them before the show and were offered hearing protection as well as being encouraged to use foam ear plugs, but only three of the teenagers did so.

1,645 dBA measurements were recorded during the 26 song three hour set, ranging from 82 to 110 dBA, averaging at 98.5 dBA.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“More young people need to be aware of the importance of hearing protection, especially when exposed to loud volumes of noise like at music concerts. While hearing loss after a concert is usually temporary and disappears within 16-48 hours, exposure to loud music and noise can cause permanent hearing loss. If hearing problems are prolonged after a concert we recommend booking a hearing test as soon as possible.”

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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