Local men are being encouraged to get their hearing checked with popular pastimes being blamed for sending them deaf.
Almost twice as many men suffer hearing loss than women and experts believe activities like going to the footy or car races are a contributing factor.
Doctor Brent Edwards from the National Acoustics Laboratory says a lot of men are unaware of the damage they're doing to their ears.
"So the research shows that one in five men have hearing loss and so that could be you", Mr Edwards said.
"If you're concerned that you have a hearing impairment, find your local clinic and get a free hearing test".
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