News – Hearing Campaign

World Health Organisation research has shown that exposure to excessive noise is the most significant avoidable cause of permanent hearing loss worldwide. Exposure to sound levels over 85 decibels will damage hearing over time, but music played at clubs, gigs and bars can be well over this level. To combat this, The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) has asked students to design earplugs for young people who love music, following the charity’s own finding that 90% of young people have experienced the first signs of hearing damage after a night out. Emma Harrison, the RNID’s Head of Campaigns, said, ‘We think young people should be able to make informed choices about the exposure to loud noise. If you use condoms, slather on suncream or wear a bike helmet when you cycle, why not wear earplugs and protect your ears from the risk of permanent damage?’ Importantly, good-quality earplugs don’t block your hearing; they attenuate the sound, meaning that the decibel level reaching your ear is reduced, while you can still hear the music you are listening to.

Global Lingo’s transcribers rely on their hearing to deliver the high-quality work that we and our clients expect. Damage to the ears suffered at a young age can severely impede the ability to hear words clearly, which is of the utmost importance in transcription. Often, this is not evident until transcription is attempted; while you might hear well enough to comprehend speech, identifying every word is much more difficult.

The RNID suggests these simple steps to protect your hearing:

  • Take a five-minute rest period for every hour of listening to allow ears to recover
  • Stand away from loud speakers in pubs, clubs, and concerts
  • Take regular breaks from the dance floor and use chill-out areas to give ears a rest from loud music
  • Wear earplugs designed for use in clubs and gigs, which reduce the volume not the quality of the sound. Reusable earplugs are available to buy for £10-15 from a range of high street stockists