Loud Music Puts 1 Billion People at Risk for Hearing Loss
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 1 billion teens and adults alike are at risk of hearing loss on account of playing music too loudly.
WHO found nearly 50% of those studied listen to unsafe sound levels on personal audio devices and about 40% are exposed to damaging levels of music and noise at entertainment venues. Their findings are a result of analysing listening habits of 12- to 35-year-olds in wealthier countries around the world.
Not much time is needed to damage your hearing at a sports club or nightclub either; “exposure to noise levels of 100 dB, which is typical in such venues, is safe for no more than 15 minutes,” WHO says.
When it comes to personal listening devices, especially earbuds, the level of damage you can cause to your ears relates directly to how long you listen to music and how loud the sound is. “Unsafe levels of sounds can be, for example, exposure to in excess of 85dB for eight hours or 100dB for 15 minutes,” says WHO.
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