Prolonged noise exposure can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. It is important to look after your ears as damage builds up over time and can go un-noticed. Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable.
For example those who consistently listen to personal audio devices at high intensities with ear buds, run the risk of developing a temporary or permanent change in hearing thresholds. The impact is cumulative, so if the habit persists for over a few years the chance of a high frequency hearing loss increases.
Did you know that:
Are you at risk?
These things have the potential to produce noise at levels which could damage your hearing.
How to protect your ears
How to protect your child’s ears
How Loud and How Long?
For specific levels and duration, please see the information linked below from the Health and Safety Executive and the World Health Organisation. As a rule of thumb, if you have to raise your voice to speak to someone one metre away, the noise is loud enough to damage your hearing and you should take steps to protect yourself. If a sound ever hurts your ears, leave immediately.
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