Warning to festival-goers about hearing damage
With festival season in full swing, Specsavers is warning concert-goers to take adequate measures to protect their hearing from irreversible damage caused by excessive noise levels.
Exposure to 85 decibels (dB) or higher for a prolonged period of time can result in hearing loss and tinnitus and concert sound levels can generate up to 120dB and beyond, posing a real threat to hearing health.
Noise-induced hearing loss
Noise-induced hearing loss occurs when tiny sensory hair cells in the inner ear are bent or broken by a loud sound. The hair cells are unable to regenerate themselves so the damage is permanent. Another common side-effect of excessive noise levels is tinnitus, an unpleasant condition in which a person experiences ringing in their ears.
Specsavers audiologist Jeff Walbarn says, ‘Although hearing loss is a natural part of the ageing process there are simple steps that people can take to protect their hearing from unnecessary and premature damage caused by dangerous decibel levels. Our ears are highly sensitive and spending just 15 minutes at a concert is enough to cause permanent side-effects. I would urge festival-goers to protect their hearing and wear earplugs, take breaks from the music and stand away from the speakers to ensure they can enjoy live music for years to come.’
Top tips for hearing protection
Jeff offers the following sound advice to safeguard your hearing while still enjoying the music:
1. The easiest and most effective solution is to invest in earplugs, which reduce the risk of developing tinnitus or other damage to your hearing. Specsavers offers a range of discreet hearing protection that blocks excessive noise while still allowing you to hear the music clearly.
2. You can further protect your ears by being conscious of where you stand in the crowd. Stand at least 10 feet or more away from speakers.
3. Take breaks in quieter areas to limit your time around noise.
4. Having your hearing checked should be part of your regular healthcare routine.
Free hearing check
If you have concerns about your hearing following exposure to loud noises or loud music, you can visit any Specsavers hearing centre nationwide for a free hearing check and advice from highly qualified audiologists. For more information visit here.