Lis­ten up and turn down the vol­ume

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The launch of Tin­ni­tus Aware­ness Week took place in the UK this week, a cam­paign that hopes to in­crease the gen­eral pub­lic’s knowl­edge of the risk of hear­ing dam­age posed to mu­sic lovers. Tin­ni­tus is a con­di­tion that can oc­cur through ex­ces­sive ex­po­sure to loud noises, such as mu­sic heard through head­phones or at live events.

Many mu­sic fans are un­aware of the dam­age that can oc­cur, and ex­perts are now warn­ing that lis­ten­ing to mu­sic at a vol­ume higher than 60 per cent for more than one hour per day of may cause prob­lems for a gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple who use head­phones.

For­mer MTV pre­sen­ter and cur­rent XFM DJ Eddy Tem­ple-Mor­ris launched the cam­paign in Lon­don with an event dubbed “One Tune: One Cause”, which saw 23 DJs take part in a con­tin­u­ous two-hour set. Tem­pleMor­ris is an am­bas­sador for the Bri­tish Tin­ni­tus As­so­ci­a­tion, and said that club, bar and venue own­ers have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to their staff and pa­trons to pro­vide them with the in­for­ma­tion needed to make an in­formed de­ci­sion about their au­ral health.

Last week, the Ir­ish Deaf So­ci­ety also launched Hear­ing Aware­ness Week, also aimed to pro­mote tin­ni­tus aware­ness. Mu­si­cian Julie Feeney took part in the cam­paign, per­form­ing a “si­lent gig” in the front win­dow of a shop on Daw­son St which on­look­ers could only hear on their (com­fort­ably ad­justed) head­sets. www. hearingaware­ness­week.ie

XFM DJ Eddy Tem­ple-Mor­ris

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