Top music venue to highlight the affects of live music on hearing
- Credit: Mike Greenway
An award-winning pub and venue is taking the lead by educating live music lovers on the effects of tinnitus.
The Burston Crown in South Norfolk is joining forces with a hearing protection product manufacturer, Advanced Communication Systems (ACS), to hand out 25 sets of in-ear protectors on Thursday February 8.
There will also be a prize draw for the British Tinnitus Association to win a custom set of ear protectors worth £140 which will be specially designed by ACS for the winner.
Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a ringing or buzzing sound and can sometimes have a significant impact on every day life.
Bev Kemberey, owner of the Burston Crown, said: 'I find that a lot of people suffer from tinnitus, as I have for many years myself.
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'As the owner of a music venue I feel that it is important for us to inform people how they can protect their hearing and still have a great time at gigs.'
The aim of the event is to help raise awareness of the effects listening to live music can have on hearing and to demonstrate the easy steps that can be taken to reduce the impact.
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Jono Heale, the director at ACS, said: 'Raising awareness about hearing conservation at a grassroots level is vital to help protect musicians and music lovers alike.
'ACS is delighted to be working with a renowned music venue like the Burston Crown to show people that using earplugs and listening to live music doesn't have to mean any loss of enjoyment.'
Geoffrey Dixon, who organises the local annual WoW festival, added: 'I always wear ear protectors when I go to live music gigs and I am keen for others to try them and realise the benefits.
'So many people have tinnitus and I want to ensure than I am never one of them.'
Norwich-based band Dr Clyde will provide live music at the Burston Crown for the event which is part of the wider Tinnitus Awareness Week campaign.
Mr Heale will also be present at the gig to help provide advice and information on hearing protection.