Specsavers is keen to remind people of the importance of protecting their hearing.
According to a national survey* 75% of the people listen to music on an MP3 player or smart phone but most are not worried about it damgaing their hearing.
Although it is widely reported that listening to music on personal device at high volumes can lead to long term hearing problems, , a staggering 89% surveyed were not worried or are neutral about potential hearing damage.
Listening to loud music is a common risk factor in hearing loss. 'This is a particularly worrying statistic, because if people are listening to music at loud levels for long periods of time, they could be doing damage to their hearing that will affect them in later life.'
Listening to any sound at more than 89 decibels for more than five hours a week can damage hearing permanently over time. To put this into context, traffic noise while your are inside a car is reported to average 85db and the body can perceive vibration from low frequencies at 112db.
Music is a great source of enjoyment and we want people to be able to enjoy it for as long as possible.
Prevent hearing loss
A few simple steps can prevent hearing loss due to noise by taking precautions to protect your hearing and by reducing the time you listen to very loud sounds.
- Use earplugs at gigs, festivals and nightclubs
- Turn the volume down on an MP3 player to 40% or less.
Book a test with a qualified hearing professional online or call 1890 882 361.
* The nationally representative survey was conducted in July 2013 by Amarach Research through an online omnibus survey. A sample size of 1,000 was achieved with quotas set on gender, age, social class and region to achieve a sample aligned with national population.