Club owners in Nottingham and festival organisers are being urged by the British Tinnitus Association to take more responsibility for hearing loss.

The warning comes as part of Tinnitus Awareness Week which aims to warn people about the condition which affects more than six million people in the UK and is often caused by over-exposure to loud noises, such as music.

Emily Broomhead, the campaign manager at the British Tinnitus Association, said: “We are trying to reach as many people as possible this week to raise awareness of the signs, symptoms and causes of this condition.

“Tinnitus can have a huge impact on peoples lives and by the time they are aware of the causes of this condition, it is usually too late.”

Tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss where someone can hear a sound, such as a high pitched ringing sound, where no external sound is present.

Tinnitus currently has no cure or treatment, however the symptoms of the condition may improve over time for some sufferers.

Emily added: “One of the main factors of this condition is peoples exposure to loud sounds such as going to night clubs, gigs or festivals.

“People need to be aware about the fact that they need to wear ear protection in these environments.

“Currently there are no regulations to say that the level of sound has to be at a certain volume, organisers really need to be sensible and provide hearing protection and information for their customers to help prevent irreversible hearing loss.”

It is compulsory for staff at bars, clubs and festivals to wear hearing protection at all times, however there are no guidelines for customers.

Alex Instone, 22, a DJ and guitarist from Nottingham, has been suffering from tinnitus for the past five years, he said: “From a young age my ears have been beaten senseless with headphones, amps and booth monitors at very high volumes.

“I don’t notice the tinnitus during the day but when I get into bed it is an inescapable high pitched ringing, which causes me insomnia as it is impossible to ignore.

“I have sought treatment but I have just been told there is no cure by doctors and all I can do now is stop it getting worse.”

Rock City and Rescue Rooms, popular Nottingham club venues, currently offer free hearing protection for patrons that are accessible behind the bars, however a spokeswoman for both venues admitted there are no signs alerting the public to this at the moment.

Alex added: “Young people really need to be informed on the danger of exposing your ears to such high volumes without using any ear protection.

“PA’s in small club rooms are overpowered and exposing your ears to those volumes on a regular basis without using any ear protection is guaranteed to cause harm to hearing and it’s a one way ticket to tinnitus.

“More should be doing to educate and protect people from having irreversible hearing loss, like I do.”

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