During Tinnitus Awareness Week (6-12 February 2012), Action on Hearing Loss is asking young music lovers to tell the charity about their listening habits and attitudes towards protecting their hearing.
Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is warning that four million young people in the UK are at risk of experiencing tinnitus – ringing, whistling, humming or buzzing in the head or ears – and damaging their hearing by over-exposing themselves to loud music on their MP3 players and in pubs, clubs and gigs.
By 2013, all personal music players in the EU will have safe default volume levels that can be overridden and the charity is keen to find out what young people think about taking steps to protect their hearing.
People aged 30 or under can take part in the charity’s two-minute survey by visiting www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/musicsurvey. Participants have the chance to win noise-cancelling headphones, worth £80.
Director of Public Engagement at Action on Hearing Loss, Emma Harrison, said: “Research shows that listening to personal music players at a high volume over a sustained period can lead to permanent hearing damage and, during Tinnitus Awareness Week, we want young people to share their experiences and attitudes about listening to loud music.”
For information about listening to loud music safely, visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/loveyourears.