added: 15 Sep 2013 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
New research1 conducted by high-street hearing specialist, Hidden Hearing, reveals the sounds that are most pleasurable to the nation's ears and the impact they have on our mood.
'Waves crashing on a beach' is the most popular and most loved sound by Brits, with nearly two thirds of the population voting this as their number one sound (60%)1. This was closely followed by 'birds singing' (48%), 'walking in the snow' (44%), 'raindrops falling on a window' (40%) and 'children laughing' (33%).
The research also uncovers the impact that sounds have on an individual's emotional well-being, with 45% of the population stating their favourite sound 'brought back good memories' and over a third feel that hearing their favourite sound makes them feel relaxed, happier and uplifted.
The Nation's Top 10 Most Loved Sounds Are Revealed To Be:
1. Waves crashing on a beach
2. Birds singing
3. Walking on snow
4. Raindrops falling on a window/roof/tree
5. Children laughing
6. Cats purring
7. Church bells ringing
8. Bacon sizzling
10. Bumble bees buzzing
UK's most hated sounds
However, not all sounds bring pleasure and leave us feeling relaxed, with 'doors slamming' (42%) topping the list of our most hated sounds. 'Teeth grinding' (40%), 'knuckle cracking' (35%), 'loud car music' (34%) and 'partner snoring' (32%) were also voted as the nation's most disliked sounds.
1. Door slamming
2. Teeth grinding
3. Knuckle cracking
4. Loud car music
5. Partner snoring
6. Dentist cleaning plaque
7. Sudden braking (from a car or train)
8. Teeth on cutlery
9. Someone crying
10. Rush hour traffic, cars beeping
There are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, however 4 million of these are diagnosed.2
'Being able to hear our favourite sounds is something that we can take for granted,' says breakfast TV Doctor, Dr. Hilary Jones. 'Our hearing is one of the most important human senses ' it enables communication and is fundamental to our pleasure system. There are three tell-tale signs that could mean you have a hearing problem:
1. Asking people to repeat themselves 3 or more times in a day
2. If your struggling to hear people in social situations e.g. at parties or in restaurants
3. Friends or family have noticed you've started to turn up the volume on the TV or radio
If you find yourself doing any of these, it's time to talk to your high street hearing specialist or your GP.'
The research also reveals the impact of hearing loss with a third of the UK stating 'they'd lost some enjoyment in their life' and 'feeling upset'.
'Only 10% of people seek3 help from the onset of symptoms, with many waiting up to 10 years before doing anything about it' says Peter Sydserff, an audiologist from Hidden Hearing. 'This is something that needs to be changed, so this September as part of our Hearing Awareness Month, we aim to test over 20,000 people for free.'
This September 2013 marks Hearing Awareness Month (HAM) which is being backed by Dr Hilary Jones. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of hearing loss and encourage anyone unsure of their hearing ability to seek help from their local high street hearing specialist or their GP. A mobile hearing clinic will be going around the UK throughout the month to test the nation, with the aim of reaching 20,000 tests in one month.
Special 'free testing' events will take place in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. In addition, tests will be freely available to anyone from Hidden Hearing's 84 high street centres. For more details and to book a free hearing test, visit www.hearingawarenessmonth.co.uk, or call 0800 037 2060.
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