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UKHCA Hearing Protection Fit Testing — An Introductory Guide

UKHCA Hearing Protection Fit Testing — An Introductory Guide

The HCA has produced a guidance document which will help companies and individuals interested in fit testing for hearing protection to understand the benefits it can bring in assuring workers health and safety. It details the methods available and the importance of...

Noise induced hearing loss of pandemic-like proportions?

The story of Helen Keller is an inspiring one. Born in 1880, she lost her sight and hearing after a bout of illness at the age of just 19 months. Despite this, remarkably she became an author, disability rights advocate, political activist, and lecturer and said of...

Pickle saved my life, no shadow of a doubt

Pickle saved my life, no shadow of a doubt

Kirsten Callander was woken by hearing dog Pickle when the flat's smoke alarm went off. When she looked through the front door peephole viewer, she saw smoke and flames billowing out of the neighbour's flat. Without Pickle, Kirsten is convinced that she would have...

Turning up the Volume on Hearing Health

Turning up the Volume on Hearing Health

Since we were established in early 2019, the UKHCA have been proud of our multidisciplinary membership. The unique value of the UKHCA is to bring together a wide range of different perspectives, professions, knowledge and passion together to be a force for change,...

Lipreading and the McGurk Effect

Lipreading and the McGurk Effect

With today’s unprecedented global pandemic and the population being encouraged to wear mouth coverings there has been an increasing awareness of lipreading and the access people need to it. Lipreading is a skill that can be learned and indeed taught but did you know...

Are you particularly bothered by loud sounds?

Are you particularly bothered by loud sounds?

Do you find the cinema intolerably loud? Stick fingers in your ears when a train screeches to a stop? Enraged when a toddler hammers the hardwood floors with a toy? Does being at a loud party or restaurant stress you out? Do you find sweet relief in wearing earplugs...

5 ways to protect your Hearing

With the World Health Organisation (WHO Report ) suggesting that more than 1 billion of us are at risk of permanent hearing loss here are 5 ways you can protect your hearing.

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Firstly, test your hearing. Try the easy, free app, hearWHO (Link to hearWHO app). Keep a record of your score and retest yourself every six months or so. If you are worried about your hearing see your doctor.

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Try to avoid exposure to loud sounds/long periods of exposure. Loud sounds are common at live events, music and motorsport, when shooting, using power tools, lawn mowers and riding motorcycles. If you are attending, taking part or using noisy equipment make sure you wear hearing protection.

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A common source of large sound doses is from using headphones. Consider timing how long you are using your headphones are and check out your listening levels. It may help you to download a hearing safeguarding app, which will total the time and level for you, and let you know when you’re overdoing it.

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Upgrade your ear buds to good quality ‘over-ear’ headphones which will reduce the background noise so you can listen at a lower level. For the noisy public transport consider buying active noise cancelling headphones.

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When you go to live music events take hearing protection with you and use it when the support act is on to give your ears a break and leave them fresh for the main attraction.