The World Health Organisation has issued a report warning teenagers and young adults to curb their music listening habits to sixty minutes a day to limit the risk of suffering hearing loss.
According to statistics from WHO, more than 1 billion teenagers and young adults are in danger of suffering from some degree of hearing loss due to listening to loud music, and it is the popularity of personal audio devices like MP3 players and iPods, and smartphones that are causing the concerns, as well as the often noisy entertainment venues that can leave people at risk.
The report, which is called “Making Listening Safe” also noted that nightclubs, sport events and loud bars could leave people in danger of hearing loss.
WHO states nearly 50% of teenagers and young adults are exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound from using personal audio devices, while 40% are at risk when attending sports events or other noisy venues.
Dr Etienne Krug, World Health Organization (WHO) Director for the Department for Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, said:
“As they go about their daily lives doing what they enjoy, more and more young people are placing themselves at risk of hearing loss”
“They should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won’t come back. Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk”.
WHO guidelines state that 85 decibels is the highest permissible level, and people should not be exposed to these volumes for more than eight hours, however, visitors to nightclubs, bars and sporting events are often left vulnerable to much higher volumes than this.
In order to prevent hearing loss, WHO advises young people to wear ear plugs while in noisy venues, to use noise cancelling headphones, to utilize apps to measure the volume and to keep the volume low on personal listening devices.