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'Hearing damage' after night out

2nd July 2007

Research carried out for a leading charity for the deaf has suggested that nine out of 10 young people experience signs of hearing damage after a night out.

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The charity RNID surveyed 1,381 young people aged 16-30 and found that 90% of people who went to pubs, clubs and concerts experienced dullness of hearing or ringing in the ears afterwards and more than half had visited a bar at least once a week where they had to shout to be heard.

In the survey, about 25% said the music in such venues was too loud and a third thought hearing loss would affect their lives.

The RNID wants the government to establish a recommended noise exposure level for audiences attending music venues and events, and educate young people about noise as a public health risk.

From 2008 new noise regulations come into effect, which are designed to protect employees in the music and entertainment sectors.

Chief Executive Dr John Low said: “Our research shows most young people have experienced the first signs of permanent hearing damage after a night out, yet have no idea how to prevent it.

“With regular exposure to music at high volumes in clubs, gigs and bars, it’s only too easy to clock up noise doses that could damage their hearing forever.

The charity said people can protect themselves on a night out by taking a five minute rest period for every hour of listening to allow ears to recover, standing away from loud speakers and wearing ear-plugs.

 

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