A huge misconception about hearing loss is that only older people suffer from it. In actual fact only a third of people who suffer from hearing loss are over the age of 65 which means that two thirds are younger and this includes children.
Recent studies have shown an alarming rise in noise related hearing loss in younger people and that 1 in 20 school aged children have hearing loss to some extent in at least one ear.
Hearing loss has also been proven to have a negative effect on a childs development and learning ability and performance. Often children with hearing impairments suffer poorer oral language scores.
Children are exposed to loud noise from a very young age. Some of the most popular toys, loved by children transmit dangerous levels of noise.
Parents, carers and role models too often overlook effective ear protection for children even though the need for hearing safety has become more prevalent now more than ever. We as adults are responsible for our child’s protection, this includes their hearing.
With technology rapidly advancing so too is damage to our children’s hearing. Exposure to noise such as loud music, electronic games, iPods, iPhones, MP3 players, concerts and fireworks emit noise at levels far exceeding a safe level of 85 db. These sounds are just some of the culprits responsible for damage being caused to our children’s ears. Noises of this level can cause irreparable damage after just 15 minutes.
Noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable. Effective Ear Protection for Children Could Save Their Hearing.
Children can benefit greatly from not only using ear plugs for hearing protection but also for swimming. Soft Silicone ear plugs have been specially designed for Swimming, bathing and water sports for anyone prone to ear infections or people who have been fitted with grommets.