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  • Cheers to protecting ears (and hearing) at music festivals!

     

    ‘Tis the season.

    No, not that season. The other season. The one where you stand near giant speakers at one of the many music festivals and rock out.

    While celebrating the season by seeing your fave band will leave you with lifelong memories, it may also leave you with a constant buzzing or ringing in your ears – an early sign of hearing loss.

    That’s why we’ve got some tips to make sure that you not only get a chance to dance like Leonardo Di Caprio at Coachella, you’ll also be able to protect your hearing at the same time.

    Director and principal audiologist at Ear and Hearing Australia, Doctor Moh Dadafarin says the single most significant cause of hearing loss in Australia is exposure to loud noise like at a music festival.

    Many people aren't aware of the damage to hearing that loud music can cause. Many people aren't aware of the damage to hearing that loud music can cause.

    “Eighty five decibels is the breaking point so you don’t want to be at that level for more than four to eight hours,” Moh says.

    “For every three to five decibels over that, you have to divide your exposure time by half.

    “So for instance, at a concert, where the noise level is usually around 105 to 110 decibels, the ideal exposure time drops to one hour to an hour and a half.”

    As well as avoiding over exposure to high decibels, here are some other things you can do to protect your hearing at music festivals:

    Wear ear plugs
    This may seem counter-intuitive but wearing ear plugs allows you to hear the music as well as protect your hearing. Even Coldplay’s Chris Martin has been on board a campaign in the UK asking festival goers to wear earplugs and protect their hearing.

    Word of Mouth Technology has a range of hearing protection available from Noizezz, Ems for Kids and  Ems for Bubs (see http://wom.com.au/hearing-protection)

    Take regular breaks from loud noise where possible
    Taking regular breaks in the quieter areas of a festival is a good idea. Not only will you be helping your hearing, you’ll have a chance to critique the band’s performance with friends.

    Stay well hydrated
    Research shows dehydration can actually affect your hearing. The inner ear is filled with fluid which can be affected by dehydration. Fluid in the inner ear maintains your equilibrium (makes sure you keep your balance) and also transmits sound.

    Turn down the volume
    If you’re one of those who likes to listen to music while the band is setting up for the next set, make sure the volume of your music isn’t too loud. There’s no point protecting your hearing at a music fest if you’re going to damage your hearing by having your phone, ipod or discman (yeah, they’re still around) blasting your ears.

    From The Weekly Review, http://www.theweeklyreview.com.au/play/cheers-to-protecting-ears-and-hearing-at-music-festivals/

  • Teen discovers simple way to increase hearing aid battery life.

    ROCHESTER, Minn. – An 8th grade student may have made a discovery that could save people who wear hearing aids significant money.

    Ethan Manuell is an audiology patient at Olmsted County Medical Center and wears a hearing aid in his left ear. He began a study, with the help of his audiologist, Mary Meier Au. D, looking into the effect wait time has on hearing aid batteries, which is the time between activating the battery and placing the battery in the hearing aid.

    To activate a hearing aid battery, users need to remove a sticker on the battery which allows oxygen to mix with zinc-oxide inside the battery. Manuell did tests to see if waiting a little longer before putting the battery into the device would make a difference. What he found was if users wait 5 minutes after pulling off the sticker, the battery will last 2-3 days longer, which is significant considering batteries usually last anywhere from 2-7 days depending on the model.

    “The more energized zinc you have, the longer it lasts. So this discovery I made, if you wait five minutes, it improves the battery life by 80%,” explains Manuell.

    Ethan has won several awards and received recognition for his “5 minute rule” discovery, including earning a US Naval Science Award.

    http://kimt.com/2015/05/05/student-makes-discovery-when-it-comes-to-extending-hearing-aid-battery-life/

  • Front Row Juno

    Juno is here, make listening easier, create podcasts using lesson capture and control everything with voice commands.

    Contact us today to arrange for a demonstration or trial.

    FrontRow’s newest, most sophisticated digital sound system is here – featuringvoice-activated, automated lesson capture and sharing that is finally easy. Juno is an installation-free audio solution built around a simple and intuitive interface, with the capability to use up to five microphones simultaneously in the classroom. Juno can be as basic or advanced as you like, with desktop software, additional modules and more!

    If you would like to arrange for a demonstration please contact us info@wom.com.au or phone 03 9723 0660

  • Word of Mouth Audio in the Classroom on Today's Schools

    Todays Schools program featuring Victorian Schools using our Front Row Soundfield Technology, special thanks to Mount Lilydale Mercy College and Yarra Road Primary School.

  • 6.30 with George Negus - Lagging behind

    6.30 with George Negus recently featured a report into indigenous ear health and education.  Front Row Soundfield Systems are featured in this story.

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