Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley encourages Bristol music fans to take more care of their hearing
Guitarist Adrian Utley has warned Bristolians to take more care of their hearing.
The Portishead band member has suffered mild hearing loss as a result of listening and playing music loudly and is urging others to take more care.
He has backed the charity Action on Hearing Loss in their campaign during Tinnitus Awareness Week.
Tinnitus is ringing, whistling or buzzing in the head or ears and can be triggered by listening to music too loudly.
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The charity was in Broadmead yesterday to test the volume of personal music players and encourage people to change their habits and attitudes towards protecting their hearing.
Mr Utley said: ‘I love listening to and playing music, always have, and usually really loudly. I now have mild hearing loss in both ears and it is a complete drag – probably not as bad as tinnitus – but makes things difficult. I wish I had known or even thought about the consequences of all the things I did like listening to music on headphones in noisy vans and cranking it up, playing loud guitar with really harsh sounds and no ear protection.
‘It’s a good idea to get good ear plugs in loud situations like gigs whether you're playing or listening - you'll get used to them. And noise cancelling headphones are really good for listening to music when background noise is high, like in planes and trains etc. Be careful because when your hearing's gone – it’s gone.”
Action on Hearing Loss campaigner, Johanna Taylor, said: . A lot of people we spoke to were shocked to find that our sound head tests showed they were listening to their personal music players at much louder volumes than they realised and we hope they took on board our encouragement to turn their volume down to a safe level.”