It's well documented that age can contribute to hearing loss, but did you know other factors such as lifestyle choices and noises we experience in our day-to-day lives can too?
It is known that attending loud concerts and festivals and listening to music at high volume through headphones can all result in deterioration of our hearing and now scientists have discovered that how we travel may also have some impact.
It's important to look after your hearing and there are many things you can do today to protect your hearing in the future. Read some of our tips below.
Tips to protect your hearing during prolonged exposure to high volume levels:
Although children's hearing is no more susceptible to damage from exposure to excessive sound levels, the consequences of permanent hearing loss can be greater for children as there may be adverse effects on their speech and language development as well as on their educational and social development. So, it's even more important for children's hearing to well protected at festivals.
There are hearing protectors designed specifically for children but they will only be effective if they are fitted correctly so that both ear canals are sealed.
Adults accompanying children need to keep a careful watch to make sure that ear protectors are inserted properly and that they stay that way.
Naturally, keeping children well away from the stage and loudspeakers is really important so that they can continue to enjoy music for a lifetime rather than having it spoilt by premature hearing loss and tinnitus.