Hidden Hearing have responded to Research Linking Infrasound Could Affect Ear Health

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Specialists in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to new research linking infrasound to health effects.

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Further understanding of risks allows people to take the necessary precautions to protect their hearing and limit their exposure

A recent study by ear, nose and throat specialists in the UK found that infrasound can have physiological effects.

The review article published in the March issue of Journal of Laryngology and Otology showed that outer hair cells of the cochlea respond to infrasound, which could affect the functioning of the ear.

Another study looked at how the auditory cortex of the brain can also be activated by low frequency noise, which can produce health effects.

Infrasound has been linked to wind turbines and has raised concern that there could be such a thing as ‘wind turbine’ syndrome as people who live near turbines have complained of feeling ill. However the syndrome is not recognised by the World Health Organisation and scientists argue that more research needs to be done to provide any certain link between wind turbines and health effects.

A spokesperson for Hidden Hearing said:

“There can be various triggers for hearing loss and scientists are constantly finding out about new links to the causes of hearing loss. Further understanding of risks allows people to take the necessary precautions to protect their hearing and limit their exposure.”

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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