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NHCA in the US

NHCA in the US

Here at UKHCA we stand on the shoulders of giants! Our approach and ambitions closely emulate that of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) in the States and we strongly believe there has been a gap for such an approach in the UK. We are therefore...

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

Members of the UKHCA will be attending the upcoming conferences for the British Occupational Hygiene Society and the Society of Occupational Medicine. Both Societies are supporting members of the Association and are providing us a great opportunity to reach and...

World Hearing Day 2019

World Hearing Day 2019

The 3rd March is World Hearing Day. In 2019 the theme for the this day is , the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss. Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing out on certain sounds...

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.