To coincide with the launch of Hearing Awareness Week 2017, our public outreach arm, HEARsmart, has co-created a health promotion video about tinnitus with support from Australian Hearing, Uni Melb Audiology Clinic and Musicians 4 Hearing.

Typically, people with tinnitus report hearing buzzing or ringing sounds, even though the sound isn’t actually present in the world around them. This may not sound so severe, but over time can have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of those who experience it. In addition, tinnitus can be an important early indicator of more serious hearing damage.

The video is targeted towards musicians (did you know musicians are 4x more likely to develop tinnitus?) and those in the music industry. So if you have a couple of minutes, skip over to HEARsmart and see what you think; and if it gets you  thinking about what sort of earplugs would be a good fit for you, keep in touch via HEARsmart socials Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ll keep you up to date with the launch of our independent review of filtered ‘plugs that is coming soon – it should help you work out which ones are right for you.

We often think of HEARsmart as a younger sibling to HEARnet Online. HEARsmart is the other public outreach arm of the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), created to promote hearing health and prevent noise-induced tinnitus and hearing loss. HEARsmart is a little different however because its main focus is on young people, 18-35; but just like us it is independent and born from research.

You can watch the full video below.