Hidden Hearing Respond to Study that Reveals Headphones Can Cause Cell Damage

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Private hearing healthcare specialists, Hidden Hearing, have responded to a study that has revealed headphones could cause underlying cell damage.

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While many people won’t want to part with their portable music players, it is important to use them safely.

Recent research from the University of Leicester has revealed for the first time that having the volume too high on headphones could cause damage to the coating of nerve cells in the ear leading to temporary hearing loss.

Headphones can emit noise levels similar to jet engines, exceeding 110dB, leading to temporary hearing loss and tinnitus.

The nerve cells carry electrical signals from the ears to the brain and have a coating called myelin sheath which helps electrical signal travel along the cell.

The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, detailed how exposure to loud noises can strip the cells of this coating and disrupt electrical signals, meaning that the nerves can no longer transmit information from the ears to the brain. However, this coating can reform, letting cells function as normal once again, which means the hearing loss is temporary and can return.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“There have been many recent studies highlighting the dangers of listening to MP3 players at loud volumes through headphones. While many people won’t want to part with their portable music players, it is important to use them safely. Volume should be no higher than around 60% or the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 70dB. Noise cancelling headphones should help block out background noise and reduce the need to turn the volume up when travelling on public transport or listening to music in noisy environments.

“If you believe you are suffering from hearing loss, you should book a hearing test at your local Hidden Hearing centre to assess the problem and find the best solution.”

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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