Hidden Hearing Warns of Need for Hearing Protection Ahead of Festival Season in Response to Recent Infographic

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Experts in hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, are warning of the dangers related to prolonged exposure to loud music as festival season approaches and have demonstrated this in a new infographic.

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The risk of damage depends on how loud the music is and how long exposure is for; a tell-tale sign is if it is difficult to talk to someone 2 metres away without shouting.

Following their recently published hearing protection infographic, Hidden Hearing are warning of the dangers related to prolonged exposure to loud music as music revellers gear up for the festival season, attending outdoor shows all around the country.

But with a weekend of loud music, hearing could be permanently affected by constant exposure to loud noise.

As reported by the NHS on the 11th June 2013, a survey of 2,711 festival goers in 2008 revealed that 84% experienced dullness of hearing or ringing in their ears after listening to loud music. These are the first signs of hearing damage, and while hearing may gradually return to normal, over time continued exposure can cause permanent damage.

The risk of damage depends on how loud the music is and how long exposure is for; a tell-tale sign is if it is difficult to talk to someone 2 metres away without shouting. Volumes of 137 decibels have been recorded near the stages of some music festivals, almost as loud as a jet plane taking off at close range.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“As much as people will be looking forward to seeing their favourite artists at festivals this summer, it is important not to neglect the importance of hearing protection. Festivals last a few days but hearing loss can last a lifetime, so it is important not to take our ears for granted. Protect your hearing by wearing ear plugs and stand away from the speakers. There are specially designed ear plugs that can reduce noise exposure but don’t muffle sound quality. Also take regular breaks from loudest areas, especially if you begin to experience tingling or ringing in your ears.”

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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