Hidden Hearing Respond to Study That Highlights Hearing Risk To Referees

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Specialists in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to a new study which outlines the danger of whistle use for referees.

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There are many jobs which can expose you to a higher risk of hearing loss and with frequent whistle use its hardly surprising refereeing is one of them.

A new study has revealed that referees are more likely to report symptoms of tinnitus than people of the same age in the general population.

The study “Sports Officials’ Hearing Status: Whistle Use as a Factor Contributing to Hearing Trouble,” was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.

Commonly known as ‘referee’s ear’ among the profession, many referees report ringing in the ears following a game.

Whistle volume measures around 104 to 116 decibels at the ear, exceeding the safe daily noise limit in five to ninety seconds. Meanwhile, starter pistols can reach 160 decibels per shot, which can cause damage within one second.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“There are many jobs which can expose you to a higher risk of hearing loss and with frequent whistle use its hardly surprising refereeing is one of them. It’s important to take measures to protect your hearing in your social and work life by using preventative measures such as ear plugs and noise defenders. With exposure to loud noises putting you at higher risk of tinnitus and hearing loss, it is far better to be safe than sorry.”

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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