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Article by Lilly Anne

“Pardon?” Everyone knows someone who’s been affected by some form of hearing loss; whether it’s recognised or not. You’re at a concert, it’s loud, and you’re by the speaker. Without knowing it, you’ve been over-exposed to sound, resulting in hearing damage. But this is rarely acknowledged, especially in young people. “It wouldn’t happen to me”, is the dominant attitude.Music is a one of life’s joys but it also has the potential to do harm when not handled or received responsibly. For example, nine per cent of young people go to nightclubs once a week or more. Young people who attend nightclubs regularly are also more likely to go to live bands, concerts and play their music loud. The effect of noise on hearing is cumulative, based on frequency, total time of exposure and intensity. Research conducted by The National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) has shown noise levels at nightclubs can range between 91 and 106 decibels, with an average of 98 decibels. Noise at 100 decibels can cause damage after 15 minutes. According to an ‘Australian Hearing’ report, the effects are subtle by permanent:- Almost 40 per cent of young people admitted to having trouble hearing when there is background noise.- Nearly three in 10 said they often had to raise their voice or shout to speak to someone an arm’s length away.- 25 per cent of young people experiencing tinnitus (ringing in the ears) after being exposed to loud noise.The most significant cause of hearing loss in Australia is over-exposure to loud noise. It’s a simple fact with simple solutions; like limiting time spent at nightclubs and live music events and the safe use of noise cancelling headphones Currently, 37 per cent of the Australian population aged over 15 is affected by hearing damage due to noise exposure. The forecast isn’t much better with hearing loss set to rise from one in six Australians to one in four by 2050.Still, there’s some hope. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the higher the chances of preventing further hearing loss and getting the right treatment. If more than a couple of the following symptoms are familiar, seek some help:- Difficulty hearing conversations when there’s background noise.- Frequently asking people to repeat what they’ve said.- Misunderstanding.- Finding it difficult to hear on the phone.- Turning up the volume of the TV louder than others need or want.- Feeling people are mumbling.- Having difficulty hearing the sounds of nature.- Reading lips and straining to keep up with conversations.- Experiencing tinnitus.Yes to a few? It wouldn’t be unusual. When you do seek professional advice, it might be time to consider treatment. One of the least invasive actions is through bone conduction. This method – using the Baha System – treats a range of hearing problems by rerouting sound, improving amplification and transferring sound to make sure you can hear better in noisy situations and get sounds that are natural and clean.Of course, this isn’t the only option. For example, apart from bone conduction implants, child hearing loss treatments include cochlear implants and hearing aids. The same applies for adults, with an extra electro-acoustic implants option.

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