Hidden Hearing Respond to Survey that Reveals Commuters Exposing Themselves to Dangerous Noise Levels

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Experts in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to new research that reveals commuters are putting their hearing at risk.

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Despite regular health warnings, many people still ignore of the dangers related to listening to MP3 players at excessive volume.

A study into the noisiest jobs in the UK has revealed that people who listen to their MP3 players on the tube during their commute need to turn up the volume to 100dB to hear it over the sound of the London Underground.

Listening to an MP3 player on the tube can be worse for hearing than using a building site hammer drill, as unlike most jobs in a noisy environment – when listening to an MP3 player there are no earmuffs to protect ears from the sound. This means thousands could be exposing themselves to hearing loss unknowingly.

The noisiest job was found to be airport ground staff, who are exposed to direct jet engines and subjected to 140dB of sound in one go. This job was closely followed by formula one drivers who can be exposed to noise levels of 135dB while sitting in the cockpit in front of the engine.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“Despite regular health warnings, many people still ignore of the dangers related to listening to MP3 players at excessive volume. While it is tempting to turn up the volume on your MP3 player to block out background noise, it is far safer to invest in noise cancelling headphones that will block out the surrounding noise and reduce the need to turn up the volume to unsafe 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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