The use of headphones and earpieces is at an all time high. Consumers listening on the move, professionals seeking the latest audio equipment, Health and Safety legislation – are just a few reasons why they are considered essential kit. But there are dangers. When regularly exposed to noise for long periods of time, users can suffer severe long-term hearing damage and pain.
LimitEar Ltd is a UK-based company specialising in technologies that protect headphone and earpiece users from serious irreversible conditions, such as Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).
NIHL results from damage to sensitive structures within the inner ear. These small sensory hair cells convert sound energy into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Caused by repeated exposure to high volume earpiece devices, NIHL harms cells beyond repair. This can result in loss of hearing and have a devastating impact on everyday life.
The EU recognises NIHL as a serious issue (read more www.europa.eu), with scientists warning of the health risks caused from exposure to noise from personal music players.
LimitEar technologies can be integrated into any headphone or earpieces to help prevent NIHL. Patented Hearing Dose Management (HDM®) technology protects users ensuring that the average level they are experiencing does not exceed safe levels.
For recreational and occupational use, LimitEar technologies safeguard the career and hearing ability of those using headphones and earpieces. It also tackles some worrying issues, such as:
"Hearing loss is recognised as an important issue by BECTU, as is the risk of hearing health where headphones are shared. 'Hearing loss is a hugely important issue for us at BECTU. Our members are at real risk if they don't have proper protection and, if they share earpieces, also risk their hearing health. Flexible solutions that allow our members to protect their ears at the same time as allowing them to do the best job they can have to be the way forward," according to BECTU’s Tony Lennon.
Action on Hearing Loss:
Kate Bull, Commercial Director for Action on Hearing Loss, said: " Noise induced hearing loss is the most common cause of permanent hearing damage. It needs urgent attention in the workplace as it is avoidable and has a devastating impact on people's lives. So many people use headphones and earpieces every day at work, unaware that unregulated use can damage their hearing many years later. 'Hearing Dose Management Pro' is an innovative solution to the problem and a very welcome step forward in helping us to protect hearing for people in the media and entertainment sector."