Raising Awareness Of The Dangers of Noise
Hearbase raises awareness of hearing loss issues and helps you to look after your hearing.
Company director Mark Scutchings says: “Nowadays our environment is loud and while noise levels at work may be more regulated, there are still some people who lose their hearing as a result of their occupation.
“Those working in the entertainment and leisure industries are just some of the people who are at risk, including DJs, bar staff, broadcasters and fitness instructors.
“Our campaign is designed to highlight these noise risks and to encourage people to take sensible steps to protect their hearing for the benefit of themselves and their families.”
Did you know in the UK there are:
- More than 10 million people with some form of hearing loss
- 3.7 million deaf and hard of hearing people aged 16-64
- 6.3 million deaf and hard of hearing people over 65
- More than 800,000 people who are severely or profoundly deaf
- More than 70% of those over 70 and 40% of those over 50 have some form of hearing loss
- About two million people with hearing aids but only 1.4 million who use them regularly
- At least four million people who don’t have hearing aids who would benefit from them
- More than 45,000 deaf children
On average it takes people 10 years to do something about their hearing loss. By 2031 it is estimated that there will be 14.5 million people with hearing loss in the UK.
Hearing awareness days
Our mobile hearing screening unit travels around south east Kent during the summer offering free hearing checks and advice on hearing loss and hearing aids.
We support a wide range of projects concerned with the deaf and hard of hearing, both in the UK and overseas.
These include sponsorship of a hearing dog, a charity project to fit profoundly deaf children in Romania with digital hearing aids and a range of surveys to raise awareness of issues relating to hearing loss.
Our Hearing Awareness Campaign has key five aims:
- Raise awareness of the risks of hearing damage, particularly those associated with music and other types of social noise.
- Offer sensible advice on how you can avoid hearing damage by limiting exposure and using hearing protection and noise cancelling headsets etc.
- Encourage a sensible attitude to noise risks by enjoying noise and other social activity without the risk of hearing damage.
- Help people identify when they have the early signs of hearing loss so they can take steps to protect their hearing before it is too late.
- Raise awareness of the day-to-day problems faced by the hearing impaired.