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February 2022, 28th
If you scroll through Wikipedia’s list of famous people with tinnitus, it quickly strikes you – like the first bar in a blazing rock-and-roll anthem – just how many are music legends. From ‘rock gods’ like Neil Young and Eric Clapton, the list features iconic musos like Chris Martin, Phil Collins, Sting, Jeff Beck, Ozzy Osborne, and The Who. And these are just the musicians who’ve spoken publicly about their affliction.
Doctors and audiologists have long warned about the potential for hearing loss from frequent exposure to loud music – not just from clubs and raucous rock concerts, but from listening to music at high volumes at home or through earphones.
Tinnitus, which is characterised by ringing or buzzing in the ears, is often an early symptom of hearing loss. It’s an extremely common condition, affecting up to 15% of the world’s population. Unsurprisingly, musicians are estimated to be four times more likely to suffer from tinnitus than the rest of us. (Although, as Chris Martin notes, it’s not a subject he discusses often in interviews!)
Like other symptoms of hearing loss, tinnitus is often associated with an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, an ear injury, or damage to the circulatory system. These days, doctors report seeing more hearing loss and tinnitus in younger people – particularly those who’ve subjected their ears to years of loud music.
The good news is that, for many people, the impacts of tinnitus can be reduced by treating the underlying cause of your hearing loss – or using sound or masking therapies. Tinnibot, the world’s first online tinnitus coach, offers daily activities tailored to help sufferers, as well as a wide range of therapies and tools that are proven to ease tinnitus.
The World Health Organization has declared March 3rd World Hearing Day – its annual celebration of good hearing practices and hearing health. The theme this year is “listening with care” – which, of course, starts with reducing one’s exposure to loud noise.
To commemorate the occasion, Tinnibot is partnering with one of the world’s leading inventors of protective equipment, 3M, to offer 10 free pairs of its E-A-R™ hi-fi earplugs. These revolutionary plugs reduce noise across all frequencies without distortion or muffling, so you can still enjoy the music – making them ideal for both musicians and their fans.
Tinnibot has launched a free hearing test inside its app, enabling you to screen your hearing in the comfort of your own home. To encourage people to screen their hearing, 3M is offering its special earplugs to 10 lucky app user who complete the Tinnibot’s online test. Share the hearing test with your family members to increase your chance of winning!
It only takes 5 minutes – so why not jump online and check out your hearing? It may be the beginning of a much clearer, calmer future!