HEARING experts are seeing increasing numbers of young people who are complaining of buzzing in their ears after listening to loud music.

The trend was highlighted by Specsavers Opticians and Hearing Centre in St Helens as part of British Tinnitus Association Awareness Week.

Audiologists warned people they are putting their hearing at risk every day by listening to music through headphones at too high a volume.

Specsavers backed the awareness week campaign after seeing a rise in the number of enquiries about ringing or buzzing in the ears from younger people, who regularly listen to music on their phones.

Zoe Wheddon, lead audiologist at Specsavers Audiologists in St Helens, said: "Tinnitus is an extremely common problem which affects 10 per cent of UK adults.

"As a nation of music lovers, we are spending more and more time listening to our favourite bands through headphones, or going to gigs where the noise level is very loud.

"Over-exposure to loud volume can seriously affect our hearing and may result in tinnitus or noise-induced hearing loss. It’s important to remember to take regular breaks when listening to loud music, as well as considering turning down the volume.

"Noise levels exceeding 105 decibels can damage your hearing if endured for more than 15 minutes. Many smartphones now have a handy noise indicator which identifies when the volume has reached a high level."

Zoe adds that regularly exposing your ears to loud music for more than a few hours a week is likely to result in deterioration which could be irreversible once it starts: ‘A classic symptom of tinnitus is buzzing in the ears, just one of the reasons behind the increase in the number of young people coming in for hearing tests.

"Remember our ears need to last us a lifetime so it is important that we look after them.’"

If you’re worried about your hearing you can book a hearing test at Specsavers in St Helens on 01744 453665. The Specsavers Hearing Check App is also free to download on the App and Play store on iOS or Android devices, and advises whether a full check in store is recommended.