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March 01, 2012

Study reveals: Four out of ten don't know what tinnitus is

A British survey shows that most people don't have a clue what tinnitus is. One in four even thinks it is an allergy to metal.

Study reveals: Four out of ten don't know what tinnitus is

A survey by the British organisation for the hard of hearing “Action on Hearing Loss” (formerly known as RNID)  reveals that 39% of the participants in the survey did not know what tinnitus is and that 22% even thought it was an allergy to metal.

However, tinnitus is a ringing in the ears which can be brought on by e.g. listening to loud music at festivals and gigs or through mp3 players. Action on Hearing Loss conducted the survey as part of its campaign to raise awareness among music lovers to look after their ears by wearing hearing protection such as earplugs when listening to loud music at gigs and festivals. 1,000 people participated in the survey.

Action on Hearing Loss mention in their report that 56% had hurt their ears at live concerts because the music was so loud. Only 33% have ever worn earplugs or tried other forms of hearing protection.

Tinnitus is common

“Nearly a quarter of a million people in the UK suffer from tinnitus, which can destroy a person's quality of life,” says Action on Hearing Loss Director of Public Engagement Emma Harrison and points out that tinnitus is common amongst young people who go out clubbing regularly or listen to music a lot.

A ringing in the ears after a night out is a warning sign that you could be permanently damaging your ears. There is no cure for hearing loss or tinnitus, but there are several things you can do to prevent it. When you are listening to music, turn down the volume or listen for a shorter time. And when you go clubbing or go to concerts, wear earplugs.


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