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      Enjoy the sparks but avoid the ringing in your ears this Bonfire night

      31 October 2016

      While fireworks are lovely to watch, they can be a pain to listen to and the UK’s national charity Action on Hearing Loss is calling on parents during the 5th of November celebrations to think about their children’s hearing.

      Exposure to loud noise above 85 decibels over time can cause permanent hearing damage and with some fireworks reaching an uncomfortable 155 decibels in volume, the charity reminds parents of small children - whose hearing is particularly sensitive – to take the following easy steps to protect their ears:

      • When attending the celebrations, keep a good distance from all sources of loud noise - such as fireworks or speaker systems.
      • Limit the duration of exposure to loud noises, as the louder the noise the less time it takes to damage hearing permanently.
      • Get your children to wear ear defenders.

      Jesal Vishnuram, senior Audiologist at Action on Hearing Loss, explained: “Without wanting to limit the fun of watching fireworks, it is important to protect children’s hearing from the loud noise exposure and there are plenty of comfortable, light-weight ear defenders currently on the market. Defenders that go over the ears are particularly suitable for small children, who will typically fuss to remove the earplugs.

      “Action on Hearing Loss sells the celebrity favourites Peltor ear defenders, that reduce harmful loud noises without shutting out other ambient sounds (and your voice!). They're also useful if you take your children to festivals, weddings and other music events.

      “And while we are at it, we suggest that parents should lead by example and take steps to protect their own hearing at loud event by wearing ear plugs themselves!”

      The ear defenders are available from Action on Hearing Loss, they weigh in just 175g and come in vibrant blue and red https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/peltor.aspx  

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      For media enquiries contact

      Katy Bugg, PR and Digital assistant at Action on Hearing Loss, telephone: 07944 038635 or email katy.bugg@hearingloss.org.uk @HearingLossPR 

      Notes to Editors

      • Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is the national charity helping people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose.  Action on Hearing Loss enables them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way, giving people support and care, developing technology and treatments, and campaigning for equality.