5 tips to help prevent Tinnitus

by Andrew Bishop

Five Ways to Save Your Hearing

Our speakers sound wonderful! They are voiced to perfection with a clean, warm rich British tone inimitably BishopSound. You will hear and feel this sound provided your hearing is perfect and you do not suffer from a condition such as Tinnitus.

We are aware that 1 in 5 adults in the UK suffer with Tinnitus which is hearing sounds that come from inside your body, not outside. Some people say they hear "ringing in the ears", but it can be a buzzing, humming, grinding, hissing, or whistling.

Often the sound beats in time with their pulse (pulsatile tinnitus).

What causes Tinnitus?

Exposure to a sudden or very loud noise, such as getting too close to a speaker or being exposed to over 70 dB for a long time will damage your hearing or induce Tinnitus, but other causes include:

  • Explosions or Gunfire
  • Earwax or Fluid
  • Infection/Disease
  • Inner Ear Damage/Perforated eardrum
  • Head Injury
  • Reaction to medication
  • High Blood Pressure

All our speakers can deliver more than 130dB which is like be standing next to a Jet Engine! Even a humble hair dryer will deliver 90 dB!

At BishopSound we can deliver overwhelming sound pressure levels, but we encourage everyone to focus on the quality of the sound not the quantity, so ears are protected.

Here are 5 ways you can protect yourself from permanent hearing loss.

  1. Use Earplugs

Do not stop gigging, dancing, or seeing your favourite musician perform live in concert. The best Custom earplugs will protect your hearing as they are comfortable and contain sophisticated electronics that reduce sound volume evenly across frequencies which means you still hear every note.

  1. Keep Your Distance

Maintain a safe distance from the speakers. If you double your distance from the source of sound the intensity of the sound drops by 75%. Do not stand in front of the speakers at a rock concert, stand in the middle. TOP TIP - The best place to stand at a gig is in front of the mixing desk as you hear what the engineer hears.

  1. Take A Break

Rest your ears! The amount of time you are exposed to the sound has a huge impact. If you are at a gig or in a recording studio, make sure to give your ears periodic breaks every 30/40 minutes and them 10/15 minutes to recover. For most this is a trip to the bar! TOP TIP - Download a DB meter App to your phone so you can take a reading of the dB levels.

  1. Turn It Down

DJ’s are notorious for running it in the RED and sliders just keep creeping up and the dance floor heaves with sweaty bodies strutting their stuff. Often the excitement outweighs the protection. Thankfully, BishopSound sell processors and limiters that can be programmed and locked with a pin code to prevent damage to hearing and speakers and we have engineers on standby ready to help.

  1. Get Your Ears Tested

Hearing loss develops slowly and is hard to detect. The only sure way to know if hearing loss is present is to have a professional hearing test. Thankfully in the UK hearing tests are free and easy to get at several places. Hearing specialist can provide customized hearing protection so that you can avoid hearing loss altogether.

Email today at andrew@bishopsound.com or message us using our Live Chat for more info.