Hidden Hearing Publish Guide to Protecting Ears this New Year’s Eve

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Private hearing healthcare specialists, Hidden Hearing, have published a guide to protecting ears against hearing damage on New Year’s Eve.

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Fireworks can emit sounds levels of as much as 145dB or more, which can cause hearing damage if ears are left unprotected for more than 15 minutes.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has promised a spectacular fireworks display to round off a great year for the capital. 20,000 people are expected to fill the designated viewing areas across the Thames to view fireworks inspired by this year’s events such as the Olympics and Paralympics.

With firework displays and New Year’s Eve parties planned across the country, Hidden Hearing has issued some advice for keeping ears protected during the celebrations:

  •     Fireworks can emit sounds levels of as much as 145dB or more, which can cause hearing damage if ears are left unprotected for more than 15 minutes. Watch fireworks from a distance and wear hearing protection.
  •      If you are letting off fireworks in your garden, choose fireworks that are appropriate for the size of the area and keep as much distance as possible, or watch from inside.
  •     If you’re holding a party or attending one, make sure music is played at a safe level, ideally under 85dB. If you can’t talk to somebody two meters away without shouting, the music is too loud.
  •     If you can’t do anything about the music volume, give yourself regular breaks from the noise by moving to the garden or the other end of the room or property. When in the same room as the music, try and keep as much distance as possible from the speakers.
  •     After the party or fireworks, be sure to give your ears a suitable amount of resting time. Avoid listening to loud music or TV and try to stick to quiet activities such as reading and relaxing.

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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