Loud Nightclubs Not Music to Your Ears; Night out Will Affect Daniel's Hearing for Rest of His Life

The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia), August 26, 2010 | Go to article overview

Loud Nightclubs Not Music to Your Ears; Night out Will Affect Daniel's Hearing for Rest of His Life


Byline: ZANE JACKSON zane.jackson@qt.com.au

COMING home from a loud nightclub or live concert with your ears ringing is an experience plenty of Ipswich residents would have experienced.

But when Daniel Lalor, 23, returned home from a night out last year only for the ringing in his ears to continue for days and then weeks, he knew something was not right.

A visit to an audiologist confirmed he had tinnitus, and now the Ipswich University of Queensland graduate is trying to get in everyone's ear about how they can protect their hearing.

While hearing loss is not regularly discussed, Mr Lalor has started the Music To My Ears Campaign to inform people about how they can look after their ears.

"Hearing damage from exposure to loud music is Gen Y's equivalent to smoking, and asbestos of generations past. There just doesn't seem to be the awareness surrounding it, or anyone talking about it, but once it's gone, it's gone," Mr Lalor said.

He said clubs with noise levels of over 100 decibels and MP3 players such as iPods turned up to full volume can lead to permanent damage after only 15 minutes. …

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