With the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival finishing for another year, local audiologists are reminding residents to be mindful of their hearing when at music festivals or listening to music.
Staff at Specsavers in Lincoln Morrisons are letting the local community know about the importance of having regular hearing tests, especially for those planning on going to any festivals throughout the year.
Extreme noise levels
Paul Hurdley, hearing director at Specsavers Audiologists in Lincoln, said: ‘It’s extremely important to take care of your hearing whilst visiting music festivals.
‘Festivals often have noise levels of more than 120dB, and repeated exposure to that sort of noise could cause permanent, irreversible damage.
‘To help with this we would recommend taking earplugs to performances to help reduce noise levels without muffling sound. It’s also important to take a break if you experience any tingling or buzzing in your ears during the festival.
‘Even if you’re not heading to any festivals, it’s still important to take care when listening to music through your headphones. Noise cancelling ones are best as they exclude outside noise, meaning you can keep the volume slightly lower.’
There are currently 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, with the amount estimated to rise to 15.6 million by 2035.*
Hearing can deteriorate for a number of reasons, including both age and prolonged or cumulative exposure to loud noise.
It is estimated that at least four million people in the UK who don’t have hearing aids would benefit from using them*. At Specsavers in Lincoln hearing tests are carried out by qualified hearing aid audiologists and are free of charge.
For more information about hearing services at Specsavers, visit www.specsavers.co.uk/hearing.
*Action on Hearing Loss, Hearing Matters report