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Volunteers help raise over 16,000 for Action on Hearing Loss

24 September 2018

68 people signed up as Action on Hearing Loss volunteers this summer to help Action on Hearing Loss promote their hearing health campaign in Northern Ireland - #dontlosethemusic. Teams of volunteers attended 16 concerts in Belfast, encouraging thousands of music fans to protect their hearing by giving away earplugs. They also raised over 16,000 a big thankyou to our amazing volunteers!

The campaign, supported by the Public Health Agency, gave Action on Hearing Loss the unique opportunity to reach up to 270,000 people at Belfast’s biggest live music events.

Volunteers played an essential role in handing out free earplugs and ponchos, collecting donations and encouraging music fans to get involved in the campaign on social media.

Erin Moore, who volunteered at several concerts throughout the summer, said: “As someone who is profoundly deaf, I have enjoyed working with other volunteers to raise awareness of looking after our hearing. I have made new friends, had so much fun and learned about the different noise levels which have a serious impact on our hearing!”

Jackie White, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Northern Ireland, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all of our amazing volunteers who have given up their time to help us promote the #dontlosethemusic campaign in Northern Ireland. Their enthusiasm and dedication has been essential to the success of this campaign, and many have gone above and beyond what was expected. Many volunteers stayed behind to help staff give out last minute ponchos and one of our volunteers even created a fantastic video for the campaign.

It’s been a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness with young people about the importance of protecting their ears when listening to loud music and we hope to continue the campaign at other events in Belfast this autumn. From all at Action on Hearing Loss Northern Ireland, we would like to say a huge thankyou – you have all been brilliant!”

Action on Hearing Loss research shows that over 50% of 18-24 year olds in the UK have experienced tinnitus and over 4 million young people in the UK are at risk of hearing damage from over-amplified music. A live concert is often around 110 decibels, which is only safe to listen to for 2 minutes. Once noise exceeds 85 decibels, your hearing is at risk.

Jackie said: “Earplugs are the best way to protect yourself as they take off on average 15-20 decibels which makes for safer listening. We also recommend that you stand away from the speaker, take at least a 5 minute break every hour and stay hydrated to protect the cells in your inner ear.”

To watch our #dontlosethemusic campaign video, made by volunteer Tasha Henderson, visit

www.youtube.com/watch?v=km1yL3FOV3s

To find out more about the #dontlosethemusic campaign, visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/dont-lose-the-music


Interested in volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss?

Action on Hearing Loss have volunteer opportunities throughout Northern Ireland. Here's a couple, but for the full selection of opportunities in your area use the 'volunteer search' on our homepage and select ' sensory impairment' as your activity ...

Deaf Awareness for Young People
Hearing Aid Maintenance Volunteer