Audiology experts in Glenrothes recently pledged to support the British Tinnitus Association (BTA).

During Tinnitus Awareness Week (5-11 February), staff at Specsavers Audiologists in Glenrothes got involved in fundraising while offering advice and help to customers on how to manage tinnitus.

On Friday 9 February, staff in Specsavers Glenrothes took turns to continually cycle on a stationary bike from 8.30am to 5.30pm in a bid to raise funds for charity.

The Kingdom Centre audiologists will also host a guess the number of ear plugs game that customers can donate to enter for a chance to win sweet treats.

Tinnitus is a common problem affecting UK adults

Jonathan Bell, audiology director at Specsavers Audiologists in Glenrothes, said: ‘Tinnitus is a surprisingly common problem, affecting 10% of UK adults.

‘Music is everywhere these days so everyone is at risk of hearing damage. Whether you’re listening to it through headphones on the daily commute, at your favourite bands’ gigs or even just spending a lot of time in noisy restaurants, the noise level can be very loud.

'Overexposure to loud volume can seriously affect our hearing. In fact, it only takes one instance of overexposure to cause permanent damage so it’s always best to protect your hearing before you lose it.

‘Taking regular breaks when listening to loud music, or just turning the volume down to a safe level, can help maintain healthy hearing. Many smartphones now have a handy colour-coded volume control which indicates when the noise level is high.’

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