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      Protect your hearing

      It's never too early to start looking after your hearing. Noise exposure is one of the biggest causes of permanent hearing damage – and it’s avoidable.

      Listening to any sound at a high volume – more than 85 decibels, or dB(A) – can cause permanent hearing loss, tinnitus or both. This section explains the simple steps you can take to protect your hearing at work, when you listen to music and during noisy activities. There's also information about how to choose hearing protection and looking after your child's hearing.

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      Your risk of hearing damage from loud noise depends on two things: how loud the sound is and how long you’re exposed to it for.

      Hearing protection

      If you're exposed to unavoidable noise at work or home you may be wondering what hearing protection will help reduce the sound reaching your ears while feeling comfortable and easy to use.

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      Have you noticed your ears ringing after a concert or night out? Does everything sound dull when you take off your headphones? These are warning signs that your hearing is at risk because of loud music. Protect your ears now, before it’s too late.

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      Did you know that if you are in a noisy job your employer is obliged to take steps to protect your hearing, including making sure that you have hearing protection?

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      Have you ever noticed your small child crying when they are around loud noise? If so it could be because their ears are more sensitive to certain high-pitched sounds than ours.

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      Look after your hearing

      It's never too early to start looking after your hearing. The World Health Organisation says that noise exposure is the biggest cause of permanent hearing damage around the world – and it’s avoidable!