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International Ear Care Day Makes Listening Safe

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

The beginning of March heralds the end of summer, but with it comes a day to celebrate healthy hearing!. It’s The World Health Organisations (WHO) International Ear Care Day, which takes place on 3 March.

This year’s event aims to “Make Listening Safe”, such is its theme, focusing specifically on noise-induced hearing loss caused by recreational activities. This includes things such as listening to personal music devices and being exposed to long periods of loud noise.

Today’s young people are particularly at risk of this type of hearing loss, according to the World Health Organisation, and many of them are at risk of developing issues due to their attendance at loud entertainment venues, including concerts, nightclubs and sporting events. Similarly the use of smartphones and MP3 players also puts the hearing of young people at risk, especially if they listen to music at high volumes or for long periods of time.

To help raise awareness of the importance of hearing health, International Ear Care Day brings together people from all over the world to help ‘Make Listening Safe’. WHO will estimate the latest number of people at risk of hearing loss due to risky listening practices, along with launching a campaign to raise ear awareness and promote hearing care.

If you are looking for ways to help commemorate International Ear Day, start by turning down the volume on your personal music player, or shutting it off altogether for the day. You could talk to your friends and family about acceptable levels of noise they should be expose to, and encourage them to wear ear plugs when attending loud concerts or visiting noisy venues.

Another way to mark the occasion could be to schedule an appointment to learn more about your hearing health. Click here or call 1800 340 631 to book a FREE hearing check-up with your local HEARINGLife clinic.

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