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 We have joined forces with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) in their “Make listening safe” campaign, which draws attention to noise-induced hearing loss. We also work to improve and actualise regulations on safe listening like the EU Directive on Noise Protection, Personal Music Players, Smart Devices & Personal Sound Amplification Products.

We provided feedback on the European Commission’s “Smart Wearables: Reflection and Orientation Paper”, stating that “Smart Wearables intended to be used by people with normal hearing should not cause hearing damage” and that “Smart Wearables intended to be used by people with hearing loss should either be connected to hearing aids (medical devices) fitted and provided by a recognised hearing care professional, or be classified and regulated as hearing aids when directly providing amplified sound”.

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