Hidden Hearing Responds to Research Highlighting Health Damaging Noise for Teachers

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Leaders in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to new research which reveals noise related health problems in German primary school teachers.

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The survey showed that teachers experience the highest sound levels in the schoolyard, corridors and classrooms, with 68% teachers annoyed by the noise.

New empirical research from Germany has indicated that children and teachers in Germany primary schools are being exposed to mean sound levels of between 65 and 87 dBA and peak sound levels of 100dBA which could lead to hearing loss and health problems.

The survey showed that teachers experience the highest sound levels in the schoolyard, corridors and classrooms, with 68% teachers annoyed by the noise.

44% of teachers over 45 reported sleep disturbances, while 90% of those who worked full time were tired and exhausted by the evening. 81% of older teachers reported a significant increase in complaints about noise increasing during their years of work, which may be contributing towards physical and mental health problems.

The research was based on a questionnaire that used 13 targeted questions about noise and sensitivity in teachers between 25 and 64 at five different primary schools in the Cologne area.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“This research highlights how important it is to be aware of dangerous noise levels in the workplace. Teaching is not a profession many would traditionally associate with harmful noise levels and hearing loss but this shows that it’s becoming a problem in Germany and it could very well be the same case in the UK. It is important to get your hearing checked frequently to ensure your hearing is working effectively. You could do this by a booking a free no obligation hearing test at one of our hearing centres across the UK.”

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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