Did you know that your hairdryer could be putting you at risk of hearing loss? If not, you are not alone.

According to a new survey for Specsavers, three-quarters of us don’t know that everyday appliances we use at home could be doing permanent damage to our hearing over time.

Turn the volume down

The survey also revealed that almost a third of us think that our hearing is better protected in lockdown, but this isn’t necessarily true.

Gordon Harrison, chief audiologist at Specsavers, said: ‘With gigs and festivals cancelled and bars and restaurants closed, it’s easy to think that we are no longer exposing ourselves to loud noises but this isn’t necessarily the case.

‘Listening to any sound at high volume – which is classed as more than 85 decibels (db) – can cause permanent hearing loss, tinnitus or both.'

Take care of your hearing

This means that – over time – our hairdryers (95db), blenders (90db) and hoovers (85db) could be a hidden cause of hearing loss.

While the Specsavers stores in Surrey are currently closed for routine hearing and sight tests, they are open to provide urgent and essential care. So if you have noticed a problem with your hearing or sight, or with your hearing aids, glasses or contact lenses, you should give your local store a call.

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