Know Your Noise – risk calculator
In an Australian first, you can now calculate your risk of developing hearing loss through an online noise risk calculator at: knowyournoise.nal.gov.au. A HEARsmart initiative developed by National Acoustic Laboratories.
The website allows Australians to find out if their listening habits are causing them irreversible hearing damage.
It features a short online survey that calculates your noise exposure risks based on lifestyle habits and then provides suggestions for managing these risks.
Risky lifestyle habits include loud music, work environments and sporting events.
The website also offers a quick speech-in-noise hearing test that can help you determine if a hearing loss is present.
Knowing your noise-risk profile and the results of the online hearing test allow you to take action and minimise exposure and seek professional help.
The Art of Hearing stresses that the website does not replace the need for clinical hearing assessments.