Okehampton opticians beat the drum for hearing health
On Wendesday 8 June the Okehampton team hosted the Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band in store to raise awareness of hearing health.
The store, which sponsors the town band, invited the musicians to visit the store to have their hearing tested by Mike Hobbs, audiologist in Okehampton. The team are encouraging those who enjoy playing an instrument or listening to music to get their hearing tested.
Music to your ears
Audiologist Mike Hobbs says: ‘Sounds above 85 decibels (dB) are harmful so even just listening to a personal music system with stock earphones at a maximum volume, which can generate sound levels of over 100 dB, may cause permanent damage after just 15 minutes listening per day.
‘Your hearing is very important and having it checked as part of your regular health routine helps you to monitor your hearing health, which can change over time. Regular checks are especially important for individuals who suffer from other associated health concerns, such as diabetes. At Specsavers we recommend that anyone over the age of 55 has their hearing checked once a year.’
Store director, Karen Reader, says: ‘The Okehampton Town Band is a great local enterprise and we are proud to support them. We’re pleased that they are helping us raise awareness of hearing health.’