The main threats to our hearing are going unheeded

WHILE Australians recognise the impact that loud nightclubs and blaring headphones can have on their hearing, the biggest threat seems to be passing under the radar.

Everyday noises - rubbish trucks, lawn mowers, loud restaurants or even your train commute to work, can and does take its toll but research shows that most if us are unaware of the effects.

A Cochlear Newspoll survey showed that while one in two adults aged 18-64 say they think about the impact an activity can have on their hearing, less than 23% believe their hearing is being adversely affected by the activities they do.

"Noise is a leading cause of hearing loss; however it can be avoided," said leading Australian hearing and speech expert, Professor Richard Dowell. "But unless Australians become more aware of what constitutes a dangerous noise level, and how they can protect themselves, exposure to everyday noises, not age, will be the leading cause of hearing loss in the near future."

To mark Hearing Awareness Week, which started yesterday (25 Aug), hearing health professionals are alerting Australians to the dangers of noise-induced hearing loss and encouraging them to get their hearing tested. - APN Newsdesk



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