As One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson becomes the latest in a line of young pop stars to announce he is suffering from noise-induced deafness and tinnitus, Deafness Research UK is reminding everyone that hearing conditions are no respecters of age.
This latest case is part of a worrying trend of hearing loss among the young that needs to be tackled now, the charity says. Tinnitus is a symptom of hearing damage and as cases among the young rise, it’s essential to alert people to the danger.
Louis joins Plan B, Leona Lewis, Gary Newman, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and others in publicly admitting deafness and tinnitus symptoms as a result of excessive noise levels at live concerts.
One Direction now wear high tech earpieces to reduce the volume, so have at least taken action; but until a cure can be found, the damage can be permanent.
Not all of us have access to high tech gadgets, but low tech ear plugs are cheap and freely available and are a must to protect your hearing.
The charity’s website www.deafnessresearch.org.uk has a wealth of information on looking after your ears. Readers can also call the Advisory Service on Freephone 0808 808 2222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org