Jerusalem’s Hadassah Academic College will conduct free hearing tests for the
general public, performed by Hadassah University Medical Center
ear-nose-and-throat specialists along with the college’s clinical-communications
students on Tuesday as part of National Hearing Awareness Day
Events will be held on Tuesday, May 28 at starting at 8 a.m. in
cooperation with various government and voluntary bodies.
more and more young people are losing their hearing because of exposure to high
decibels from earphones connected to cellphones, MP3 players and computers as
well as clubs and other entertainment places, according to Bekol, an
organization of the hearing impaired.
Bekol said on Wednesday that 15
percent of students listen to MP3 players and other devices at such highsound
levels that they pose risk of damaging their hearing.
The results of this
damage are already apparent, as more than a third of students polled say after
spending time in clubs and other noisy places, that they suffer from tinnitus,
an unpleasant buzzing in their ears due to harm to their eardrums and other
parts of the ear.
It added that the effects of chronic noise on hearing
become perceptible in a gradual way and not suddenly.
urged people to avoid exposure to noise; lower the volume of devices; wear
earplugs at loud weddings and other noisy events; and go out for a break every
once in a while to give their ears a rest.
If you feel you do not hear as
well today as in the past, have difficulty hearing in noisy environments, that
other people do not speak clearly; or if others complain that you put the radio
or TV on too loud, you may be suffering from a hearing problem.