HEAR, HEAR: Check you hearing at Check Your Head on Friday.
HEAR, HEAR: Check you hearing at Check Your Head on Friday.

Listen up to good advice and save your hearing

IN THE lead-up to the Check Your Head concert at the Botanic Garden this Friday, Australian Hearing has warned that regular exposure to loud music or "binge listening" can cause permanent hearing damage and loss.

The manager at Australian Hearing Karina Morrison said that unlike cigarettes and alcohol, iPods, iPhones and MP3 Players don't come with a hearing health warning.

"Yet they should as they pose a real health risk to our youth," Ms Morrison said.

"Although hearing problems are normally associated with aging, our youth will need hearing aids earlier in life if they continue to damage their hearing by listening to music at dangerous volumes."

Research by Australian Hearing's National Acoustic Laboratories shows it is not just mobile devices that have the potential to cause damage to hearing. Attending nightclubs, pubs and live concerts, can also impact on the hearing of young Australians.

"The very sad fact is that noise-induced hearing loss is preventable," Ms Morrison said.

"If you listen to your iPod at 100% volume, the maximum safe amount you could listen each day is only five minutes. After that, long-term hearing damage can occur.

"Amazingly, just turning your iPod down to 80% volume means you can listen safely for 90 minutes."

As part of Youth Week celebrations, Australian Hearing is bringing an acoustic mannequin to Friday's Check Your Head Festival.

The mannequin will help young people "sound check" their iPods, Phones and MP3 players and see for themselves if they are putting their ears at risk and how to reduce future damage.



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