St Cyres School promotes healthy hearing
12:02pm Sunday 8th September 2013 in Penarth news
ACTION on Hearing Loss Cymru and Western Power Distribution (WPD) have joined forces with sixth form students at St Cyres School in Penarth to get the new school term off to a good start by encouraging young people to protect their hearing when listening to music and going to concerts.
Sixth formers at the Penarth school are part of a ‘Loud Music’ campaign and will spread hearing protection messages amongst their peers in their own school and other schools across the Cardiff area.
The campaign uses an interactive sound head which monitors the volume of MP3 players and whether the volume could be potentially damaging. This, coupled with a Healthy Schools DVD which has input from teachers, highlights important healthy hearing messages in a fun and interactive way.
Research carried out by Action on Hearing Loss shows that large numbers of people listen to their MP3 players at a volume louder than 85 decibels which, according to the World Health Organisation, can cause tinnitus and also permanent damage to hearing over time. When the cumulative effects of loud music at festivals, gigs and clubs are added to an individual's weekly dose of high volumes from their MP3 player, they risk premature hearing damage.
“Young People are among the heaviest users of MP3 players and it’s important for them to be aware of how they can listen to the music they love but at a safe level,” said Rachael Earp, campaigns and communications officer for Action on Hearing Loss Cymru.
"Many music lovers are listening to their MP3 players too highly, but are completely oblivious of the danger to their hearing. Young people are more likely to listen to their peers and we want them to take positive steps to protect their hearing and enjoy music for longer.
“We are delighted to be working with a great group of students at St Cyres School and also WPD on this campaign,” she added.
WPD has kindly donated £3,000 Action on Loss Cymru and is working with the charity on a range of educational focused projects. Staff and volunteers from the charity have been visiting schools, colleges and universities across South Wales delivering training to young people aged between 11 and 25.
Paul Bishop, WPD’s corporate communications manager said: “We have a long established partnership with the charity having been awarded its Louder Than Words charter for customer service, so we are delighted to provide support.
“This safety awareness campaign is very important because many young people do not realise that the music they love can harm their hearing if played too loudly. Once hearing damage occurs, there is no cure, yet noise-induced hearing loss is easily preventable.”
Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, which represents the 530,000 people in Wales who are deaf or hard of hearing, is urging music lovers to follow these tips for safer listening:
* Take a five-minute rest for every hour you listen to your MP3 player to allow ears to recover.
* If you turn up the volume on noisy trains or busy streets, invest in noise-cancelling or sound-isolating headphones that cut out background noise. Remember that even a small change in volume can have a big effect.