More than a third of tinnitus sufferers say that too loud music is the cause of hearing loss.

And 61% even remember how their ears rang after the concert – this is one of the first signs of tinnitus.

Reflecting on their youth, 82 percent of adults admitted that they take their hearing for granted.

As a result, 48% would like to turn back the clock and protect their hearing from an earlier age, and 45% said they would be more mindful of how it can be damaged in noisy environments.

A study by Specsavers for Tinnitus Week aims to educate Britons about the signs of a general hearing loss, which can sound like ringing, buzzing or buzzing in the ears.

It comes after data from Tinnitus UK estimated that a third of people will experience tinnitus during their lifetime – as much as 22.9 million across the UK.

Gordon Harrison, chief audiologist at Specsavers, said: “You should always think about how to protect your hearing before going into a noisy environment.

“Listening to loud sounds without proper protection can cause permanent damage to your hearing, especially in young adults and children who are much more sensitive to sound.

“Hearing protection and ear plugs can help, as well as regular noise breaks.

“Also stay away from speakers and be careful when wearing headphones.

“To stay safe, never listen to music above 60 percent volume and try to give your ears regular breaks with headphones.”

The study also found that 38 percent of people with hearing impairments said older age was a major factor, while 29 percent said ear infections and earwax buildup were the cause.

Others cite working in noisy environments such as factories, clubs or construction (29 percent) due to ongoing hearing problems.

Unfortunately, 51 percent of those who report tinnitus say it is severe, and of these, 27 percent suffer on a daily basis as they find it difficult to concentrate (44 percent), sleep (42 percent) and listen to music (30 percent). percent).

Caroline Savage, Interim Chief Executive of Tinnitus UK, said: “This tinnitus week we are bringing people’s attention to the fact that noise exposure is the only major preventable cause of tinnitus and reminding them to take care of their ears.

“If you are doing something loud, even for a few minutes, wear hearing protection.

“That way you can continue to enjoy the things you love, whether it’s crafts or dancing, riding a motorcycle or playing music.

“We want protecting your ears to be second nature — the same way we buckle up when we get in a car or put on sunscreen when we’re outside.”

Of the parents surveyed, 62% are concerned that their children will also suffer from hearing problems if precautions are not taken now.

As a result, two-thirds warn their children well in advance of the dangers of ear overexposure so that they do not suffer the same later in life.

More than half (53 percent) try to warn them by explaining the hearing problems they face, while 47 percent give them advice on volume limits and 31 percent turn down the volume of music and TV.

But a study done with OnePoll found that despite their best efforts, one in five said their children ignored their warnings.

Gordon Harrison of Specsavers added: “It’s great to see parents educate their children about hearing problems and the potential risks associated with exposure to loud sounds such as live music, headphones or noisy work environments.

“Our hearing is incredibly important and can bring us so much joy, especially when listening to music, but it must be done safely so that your hearing remains protected.”

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