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This entry was posted on 20th June 2018 by Gary.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is home to all sorts of extravagant sounds. As one of the most high-profile events of the year, it is bound to be enjoyed by millions all over the globe.
Those with hearing impairments don't need to feel left out either. Let us guide you through how to make the world cup, and other sporting events more accessible, as well as keep your ears safe at one of the world's most unmissable events.
It will be tricky to escape any mention of football between June 14, and July 15, 2018. The 2018 world cup will be on the TVs, radios, and mobiles around the clock during the tournament, meaning its widely accessible. Being held in Russia also means coverage occurs at a number of prime times, allowing for maximum viewing time.
For most of us, it's easy-watching. Nail-biting it will be, full of worldly goals from some of the planets greatest and more notorious players. Oh, and the atmospheres - they will be wild, charming, bold, and above all, LOUD. From celebrations to chants, vocal chords will be stretched and boy will our eardrums become immersed in world cup culture. Sadly, this can all have negative implications to our hearing health and auditory senses.
Just because you may suffer from a hearing impairment, it does not mean you cannot lose yourself in world cup fever. There are a number of ways that the 2018 world cup and other sporting events offer hearing-friendly alternatives to include those mild to moderate impairments, as well as the deaf.
For the deaf, FIFA has made the move to make the games more accessible. They are producing match reports in International Sign Language which can be viewed after the match. You can view them here.
It is a scientific fact. Exceptionally loud sounds are detrimental to our ears. Dangerously loud noises can cause lasting damage, and world cup atmospheres can be a key culprit.
Many of the stadiums cater to 35,000-plus fans with the largest catering for up 80,000. Now there's a potential for a lot of noise! Whether you attend a football match, enjoy matches at your pub, or even in the comfort of your own home, these hazardous noises are forever present.
GOAL, GOAL, GOAL! A scream we will hear often. A lot of the noises will be unavoidable, but that's football. Those with normal hearing should still be wary...
As highlighted by the Telegraph, sounds from the stadium excessive and may result in the onset of noise-induced hearing loss.
How can you avoid these harmful sounds? Ear plugs are your answer.
The vuvuzela became a footballing fan must-have during the 2010 tournament. The vuvuzela was one of the instruments of choice at South Africa's competition but posed an immediate threat to the hearing of both fans and players.
The trumpet-esque noise cannon can emit sound up to 127db - that's enough to cause permanent hearing loss! Constant exposure to sounds above 85db is enough to cause lasting damage to our ears.
Subsequently, they are not allowed in the stadiums at the 2018 world cup.
Should you be concerned about your auditory health, take our free online hearing test.
Results will indicate if you should consider further action to help prevent hearing loss and seek out solutions to manage any impairments. An audiologist or health care professional will be able to perform further diagnostic tests to identify causes and offer extra guidance.
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This entry was posted in Hearing Information, Opinion, Hearing Loss and tagged Hearing loss on 20th June 2018 by Gary.
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