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Worried about your hearing?

Sound, and noise are natural parts of everyday life, but exposure to loud noise can cause permanent damage to your hearing; whether you are young or old, once your hearing is damaged it will never get better. While new regulations have been introduced to protect...

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound within your ears, or head, that isn’t caused by any external source. There are two main types; Subjective Tinnitus where sounds can only be heard by the sufferer, and Objective Tinnitus where the sound can be heard by the sufferer...

Noise Regulations

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the Noise Regulations) came into force for all industry sectors in Great Britain on 6 April 2006, except for the music and entertainment sectors where they came into force on 6 April 2008. The aim of Noise Regulations is...

Ear Protection – what type and when?

Noise is a part of everyday life, but being exposed to too much noise, or noise that is too loud can do permanent damage to our hearing. This damage can sometimes develop over time, or sometimes set in very swiftly – for example after being exposed to a very loud...

Tinnitus and Stress

Tinnitus is one of the most common conditions experienced by people in the UK today – around one in ten people suffer from it. In many cases it can cause stress to the sufferer, however, in some cases it is stress that is making the problem worse. Stress is...

Acoustic Trauma – what is it?

Acoustic Trauma is an injury to the inner ear that can often be caused by exposure to a single, very loud noise (such as a gun shot, or explosion) or long-term exposure to noise at a lower, but still high volume. It can also be caused by a serious head injury if the...

Minimising noise risk and reporting noise emissions

In an ideal world all work equipment would be designed and manufactured to avoid the risk of deafness and other hearing damage and would not interfere with normal conversation. However, in some cases this is simply impossible and so measures have been put in place to...

How the ear works

Sound waves are made up from the vibration of thousands of air molecules. In low frequency sounds, these waves are quite far apart, whereas high frequency sounds have waves that are bunched together far more tightly. Sound waves are funnelled through the outer ear...

White Noise

One of the treatments that have been found to assist sufferers of Tinnitus in minimising or at least reducing the discomfort is the use of White Noise. White noise is a type of noise that is produced by combining sounds of all different frequencies together. If you...

Tinnitus Cure

There is not usually a quick fix for tinnitus, but there are now many products and treatments available which can help to lessen the symptoms, and in some cases eradicate the issue entirely. What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus is the term used for hearing sounds that are...

Noise Surveys and Assessments

If you operate a workplace where noise is suspected to be a hazard, you should conduct a risk assessment for noise, also known as a noise assessment. Do you need to perform a Noise Assessment? One of the first questions an employer has to decide is whether they need a...