Hearing allows us to communicate with others, learn, and enjoy things like music and conversation.
However, many people do not realise that they may be exposing their ears to a huge amount of potentially damaging noise on a daily basis, said Ms Kasia Dragun, an audiologist with Sivantos South-east Asia’s sales and marketing team.
Exposure to excessively loud noise can result in hearing loss, though it is largely preventable.
Noise-induced hearing loss usually happens slowly. And the longer you are exposed to a loud noise, the more damaging it may be. Indeed, musicians have been found to be more likely to suffer from noise-induced hearing loss than the average person.
Ms Dragun, who graduated with a bachelor degree in acoustics, hearing healthcare and noise control from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, offers tips on how to protect your hearing.
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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2017, with the headline ‘Sound advice that’s music to our ears‘.