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According to news out today, record companies and music bosses are artificially enhancing sound levels on their records so that the sound level can compete with background noise in pubs and cars. Listeners are left feeling sick, psychologically tired and their hearing may potentially be damaged as a result of exposure to the remastered music.

If you are interested in a follow-up feature on this topic we have the latest statistics on hearing loss as well as case studies, including former Status Quo drummer, Jeff Rich who suffered hearing loss as a result of exposure to loud music, available for interview.

Key background statistics:

One in seven people in the UK have some degree of hearing loss
40% of people aged 50 and above have a hearing impairment
People wait on average 15 years before seeking help for their hearing loss
A new report by the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists revealed that the average waiting time for a hearing test on the NHS is 47 weeks
Eight out of ten people – 48 million Brits - have never had their hearing tested
Two thirds of people have a friend or relative that they believe has undiagnosed hearing
51% of people find it frustrating speaking to someone with hearing loss
80% of people would support a national hearing test screening programme
62% of people believe their partner has selective hearing, although this might be undiagnosed hearing loss!

For more detailed information, please contact Holly Bigsby on 01903 821550 or email me on

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