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World Hearing Day

Published on 03 March 2022 11:31 AM

Do you know how to take care of your ears and hearing?

Around 40% of people over 50 in the UK have some form of hearting loss. Hearing loss is usually gradual and you may not notice any changes straight away (Age UK, 2022). To celebrate World hearing Day this year, we've put together some top tips, from the NHS, on how to look after your ears and hearing as we age.

  1. Avoid loud noises where possible -  Any sound over 85 decibels (dB) is harmful. A conversation is 60dB and a motorbike is 90dB
  2. Take care when listening to music - When using headphones, ensure they are noise cancelling and only use them up to an hour at a time.
  3. Get your hearing tested - Have a regular hearing checks once a year with your GP to ensure everything is okay.
  4. Don't use cotton buds - Earwax is normal and self-cleans the ear to prevent dust getting into the ear. If you are worried about a build up of wax in your ear contact your GP.

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