Every year the National Foundation for the Deaf run an annual campaign called ‘Hearing Week.’ This year Hearing Week is being held from 23 to 29 March. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Better Hearing for All.” Do you have a desire to have lifelong ability to hear and appreciate all of the amazing sounds around you? Yes! I certainly do.
What you need to know:
• A significant cause of deafness in the world today is noise induce hearing loss. The World Health Organisation estimates that 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of developing hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices and exposure to damaging levels of sound in noisy entertainment venues.
• Nearly 50 per cent of young people in middle to high income countries listen to unsafe levels of sound through personal audio devices like MP3 players and smartphones.
• Around 40 per cent of young people in middle and high income countries are exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound at nightclubs, bars and sporting events. Sporting events you say? Yes. Sporting events. Even fans of the Cricket World Cup could damaging their hearing or other people’s hearing with their raucous support of the Black Caps.
If you are interested in ways to Make Listening Safe – check out the suggestions from the World Health Organisation at: http://www.who.int/pbd/deafness/activities/MLS_main_infographic_A4_lowres_for_web.pdf?ua=1
Hearing Week is a great time to speak to your friends and families about their hearing – encourage them to practice listening safely and to have their hearing checked.
Further information about Hearing Week is available at: www.nfd.org.nz/our-work/news/hearing-week-2015-23-29-march