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Frequent use of headphones and earphones at high volumes for prolonged periods can cause gradual or instantaneous hearing loss.

Ms Rhoda Binney, Senior Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Nurse at Greater Accra Regional Hospital, said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

She said it was therefore necessary for people who used earphones to take breaks in between and keep the volume of the gadget and the earphone below 60%.

Ms Binney said constant exposure to loud sounds could lead to hearing loss, particularly when the sound level was above 80 decibels.

“If the normal hearing volume around us is above 70 decibels, it has an effect on our hearing because loud noise damages the hair cells in the inner ear that pick up sound to the brain for interpretation.”

As Ghana joins the world in observing World Hearing Day (WHD) today 03 March, she encouraged the public to go to hospitals to have their ear checked as ENT care was under the national scheme health insurance (NHIS).

World Hearing Day is observed on March 3 each year to share information and promote action to prevent hearing loss and improve hearing care.

“To hear all of life, listen carefully” is the theme of this year’s World Hearing Day.

For this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called on governments, industry partners and civil society to raise awareness and implement evidence-based standards that would promote safe listening.

The senior nurse also urged the public to avoid inserting foreign objects such as cotton swabs, pens, feathers, matches, Bobbie pins and brooms into the ear as they could damage the eardrum and lead to hearing loss.

Source: GNA

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