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RNID Video: Don’t Lose The Music
February 23, 2011, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Professional Project


“We live in a busy world, but it’s a noisy world too. The social noise levels in the UK have tripled over the past 20 years, meaning we’re exposed to more noise in our daily lives than previous generations.

We all lose our hearing as we get older through the natural process of aging, but for the younger generation, they’re speeding up that process. On top of all the increase of social noise, younger people are adding extra noise from listening to mp3 players.

I think It’s great we’re able listen to music on the go, but we’re often in conflict with external noise, which compensates you having to turn up the volume on your mp3 player, especially if you’re using the basic headphones. This unfortunately is where the risk lies as you are being forced to crank up the volume to hear your music.

A lot of people think that clubbing or going to concerts is the biggest cause for hearing loss, but actually you’re more likely to damage your hearing if you’re listening to you’re mp3 player on a regular basis at a volume over 80 decibels. If other people can hear the music you’re listening to through your earphones, then your volume is well above 80 decibels.

I’ve hated the idea of losing my hearing, especially at early stage in my life. I love music. It’s something I can’t imagine being without. Until you’re in a situation where you’re struggling to communicate with other people socially, you don’t realise how precious your hearing is and it can make you feel completely isolated.

Tinnitus is another condition, which is often related to loud exposure to noise. It’s described as a ringing or buzzing sound that only you, the individual, can hear constantly. Everyone will experience this at some point in their lives, usually after a club or concert, but by the next day it usually disappears. Unfortunately, for many people the noise never goes away; therefore it can have a huge impact on someone’s life.

At first it’s not easy to come to terms with having tinnitus, because there’s nothing you can do to physically reduce the volume of it. However, there are special services available such as hearing therapy, which enables you to manage tinnitus to a point where it’s no longer significant in your daily life and you can move forward. It’s definitely something every sufferer should be aware of because you can over come it.

RNID’s Don’t Lose The Music campaign is about raising awareness on how to protect your hearing, whilst enjoying listening to music. The campaign isn’t trying to stop people from using mp3 players or go to clubs or concerts; it’s merely trying to prevent our generation from having future problems. As we all know, there’s no cure for hearing loss, but you can prevent it from happening.

  • If you listen to music, whether it’s through headphones or in a club, then take regular breaks, allowing your ears to recover.
  • Even turning the volume down, just a couple of decibels can make a huge difference.
  • Invest in some noise-cancelling headphones; so you don’t have to crank up the volume to compete against external noise.

Remember; if you really love your music then start protecting you’re hearing so you don’t lose it.”


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