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Saturday, February 9 • 4:15pm - 4:35pm
How Can New Technology Help Stop Headphone Users Suffering From Avoidable Hearing Loss?

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There is growing concern amongst hearing health organisations around the world that increasing headphone use could be permanently damaging the hearing of headphone users.  The World Health Organisation report 1 billion people at risk of hearing loss claim that for most people hearing loss is due to large sound doses, the biggest source of which is from headphone use.  Exposure to large sound doses (combination of how long, how loud and energy of what you listen to) can destroy your auditory hair cells giving you permanent hearing loss.  68% of headphone users, in a company survey, are aware of the risks, though few of act as the only information they get is from the simple volume level warning from their phone, which, if adhered to, makes their content inaudible in many listening situations. As a result most users ignore the warnings and listen too loud, for too long and damage our hearing.  Is the solution is to allow us to listen as loud as we wish for as long as is safe?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAIDBsgDbkM   Could we start to change behaviour by providing easy to understand sound dose based information with optional protection a Fitbit for the ears perhaps?

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Stephen Wheatley

Co-Founder and Managing Director (CEO), LimitEar
Stephen Wheatley is one of the Founders and Managing Director (CEO) of HearAngel/LimitEar Ltd a company established in 2010 to protect the hearing of people at work who use headphones in line with the occupational hearing protection regulations.  Having supplied major corporations... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2019 4:15pm - 4:35pm PST
High Plains 1-2