Hidden Hearing Respond to Introduction of Safety Limit on Personal Music Players

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Experts in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to the introduction of a safety sound limit on personal music players coming into force this month.

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Hopefully this regulation will make people more aware of the dangers of listening to music above safe levels.

A safety limit on volume levels will come into force this month from regulations by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC), which will see MP3s and mobile phones sold in the EU be subject to a sound limit of 85dB, however users will be able to increase the sound to 100dB if they wish.

Under the new safety standards, warnings of the risks related to listening to loud music will be repeated for every 20 hours of listening time if the volume is set higher than 85dB.

However, a survey by Action on Hearing Loss of 1,500 16-34 year olds suggests that 79% of young people are unaware of new standards coming into force this month.

While 70% of survey respondents said they would take the steps to protect themselves from tinnitus, 40% said they would override the new default setting.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“The move to introduce a sound limit on MP3 players is an important step in combating hearing loss. Listening to music above safe levels on MP3s has had a considerable effect on hearing damage in younger people over recent years. Hopefully this regulation will make people more aware of the dangers of listening to music above safe levels.”

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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