Hearing Awareness Week 2015: Are you taking care of your ears?
Posted on Aug 11, 2015
With national Hearing Awareness Week fast approaching, there's never been a better time to reassess how much you know about protecting your ears.
However, hearing loss is sadly far more prevalent than you may imagine – one in six people in Australia are either hearing impaired, deaf or have an ear disorder1.
"Damage to your hearing is often a gradual process – the effects of noise exposure are permanent," warns Hearing Awareness Week.
Taking steps to prevent hearing loss
Hearing loss may affect a great number of the population, but it doesn't mean that it is a fact of life. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that as much as 50 per cent of all cases are preventable, as long as we take the necessary steps to protect our hearing2.
The WHO estimates that overexposure to dangerously loud levels of recreational noise is putting some 1.1 billion young people at risk of hearing loss2. This includes listening to personal devices, as well as attending concerts and nightclubs.
The National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) advise that exposure to sound levels above 85 decibels – roughly equivalent to the sound of traffic on a busy road – should be limited to eight hours each day.3
"Noise exposure is cumulative over your lifetime, meaning that every over exposure adds up – just like too much UV radiation or exposure to the sun," explains the NAL. "In the short term there seem to be no serious effects but it is the long term that counts."3
Hearing Awareness Week is taking place this year from August 23-29. To find out more, visit hearingawarenessweek.org.au for more information.
If you're interested in learning more about preserving your hearing , click here or call 1300 308 125 to book a no cost* check-up with your local HEARINGLife clinic.
1Hearing Awareness Week, Hearing matters. Accessed July 27, 2015. Available here.
2World Health Organisation, 1.1 billion people at risk of hearing loss. Accessed July 27, 2015. Available here.
3National Acoustic Laboratories, Hearing Loss Prevention (Protection). Accessed July 27, 2015. Available here.