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You're Damaging Your Hearing Every Single Day

You're Damaging Your Hearing Every Single Day

Published at 11:47am 10th April 2017. (Updated at 8:54am 11th April 2017)

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Sound can hugely benefit your health. To start with it's a safety mechanism - think about how what you hear affects your reactions - you can hear a car before it passes you, so you don't step in to the road, or if there's a sudden loud bang you jump and try to see where it came from. Medical science also often uses sound. During pregnancy ultrasound is used to monitor how a baby's developing, and a treatment called lithotripsy breaks up kidney stones. Alternative healing therapies also often uses sound to soothe and calm. 

But how can sound become an enemy?

"The world is getting noisier, and our health and productivity are suffering as a result."

Julian Treasure, Chairman, The Sound Agency and Author of Sound Business. 

 

So what can we do to minimise the damage to your hearing?

  • Firstly, make a point of actively listening to the sound environment you're in. Could it be quieter?
  • PARENTS: Consider how loud baby toys are - babies have newly developed ears and shouldn't be subjected to very loud sounds. If you're a proud parent or relative, rethink what toys your children listen to on a regular basis. 
  • Headphones - these are huge culprits when it comes to Noise Induced Heading Disorder (NIHD). The first tip is to buy the best headphones you can afford, preferably over the ear ones, and the second tip is that if someone is listening on headphones stood three feet away you should not have to raise your voice to get their attention - turn it down!
  • Schizophonia can be a problem - this is often a cause of car accidents, as what you're listening to is not related to the situation you're actually in. 
  • You can also improve the quality of sound in your business or home by getting the room professional sound treated. 

Rick from Ikoustic Sound Proofing talked to Beth Parsons on Stray FM's Health and Wellbeing Show.