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Loud Music Can Permantly Damage Ears
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The national charity, RNID, is to launch the first ever "Don't Lose the Music Week”, running from 4 - 10 September 2006. The festival will raise awareness amongst music fans of the dangers of over exposure to loud music.
The new awareness week is part of the RNID's "Don't Lose the Music Campaign” which was launched in 2003. Activities during "Don't Lose the Music Week” will encourage young people to adopt a ‘safer listening' approach to music by encouraging them to stand away from loud speakers, to take regular breaks from loud music, and to wear ear plugs if regularly exposed to loud music or if exposed for long periods of time.
Major research conducted by RNID currently shows that 55 per cent of 16-30 year olds visit pubs and bars where you need to shout to be heard more than once a week. And 75 per cent of those who go are there for up to four hours at a time. Worryingly, 44 per cent of these have experienced ringing in the ears on at least one occasion, with 34 per cent reporting ringing or buzzing in the ears on a regular or occasional basis after a night out.
Lisa McDonald, RNID's Campaigns officer for the Don't Lose the Music Campaign says: "The first ever Don't Lose The Music Week will be an opportunity for us to focus attention on the risk to hearing from over exposure to loud music. We think it's really important that music fans have the information they need to protect themselves from hearing damage.
"As part of the week, we will be asking people to think of the song they would miss the most if they 'lost the music'. Remembering how much you love your favourite songs will hopefully make people consider how important their hearing is in day to day life, and help them safeguard their hearing for the future." she adds."
Ringing or dull hearing after a night out it means the noise level you were exposed to put your hearing under stress. If you put your hearing under that sort of pressure frequently, it can cause hearing damage such as tinnitus - which can't be repaired. If you can't talk to people about two metres away without shouting because of the loud music, it means the noise level is dangerous and you should take precautions to protect your hearing.
Sounds over 80 decibels (dB(A)) can damage your hearing - to compare:
- 90 -105dB(A) is a night club dance floor
- 110dB(A) is a pneumatic drill 10 foot away
- 125dB(A) is a rock concert
- 130dB(A) is an aeroplane taking off 100 metres away
- 140db(A) is a the threshold of pain
REHACARE.de; Source: RNID
- For more information on RNID visit: www.rnid.org.uk
- More details on the Don't Lose the Music Campaign at: www.dontlosethemusic.com