Look after your Hearing!
It is Tinnitus Awareness Week (6th – 12th of February)
Tinnitus is when people hear sounds which are not present in their external environment.
Although the word Tinnitus comes from the Latin word for ringing, the sounds people report hearing can vary a great deal from harsh high pitched sounds, buzzing, right through to musical sounds.
The exact cause of tinnitus is not fully understood. It is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying cause - one of which can be exposure to loud sounds.
I am sure many of us have been on a night out where the music has been very loud and the next day we have noticed the after effects on our hearing and had some ringing in our ears. This is caused by the tiny hair cells in our cochlear becoming tired, and can last anything from a few minutes to a couple of days. In some cases it can be permanent.
With the increase in use of MP3 players the risk of tinnitus and hearing loss is increasing in the younger population. It is really important to do our best to look after our hearing now. When a hearing loss becomes obvious, unfortunately the damage has already been done.
Making small changes such as turning down the volume on our MP3 players, spending less time or taking breaks in noisy places, or wearing ear plugs that block out noise can significantly reduce our risks of hearing loss and tinnitus. Look after your hearing!