Youth risk going deaf as earphone music is so loud.
A generation is at risk of going deaf because they listen to music that is too loud, experts have warned. Smartphones and earphones have caused increasing hearing loss over the past decade among young people, according to a top audiologists.
Such music can reach the same decibel level as a jumbo jet taking off, says Rosbin Syed, a leading paediatric audiologist at Central Middlesex Hospital.
She said: “it’s not hard to imagine what prolonged exposure to that sort of noise is going to do. “the sort of hearing loss we are treating today would have largely been seen in the over-50s 10 or 20 years ago. it’s a global issue.
“it’s tragic really because by the time people come and see us the damage has already been done and we can only offer advice on how to prevent further hearing loss.”
About 11 million Britons – approximately 16 per cent of the population – suffer from hearing loss, according to Action on Hearing Loss, a UK charity dedicated to helping people who suffer from deafness and tinnitus, which is a ringing in the ears.
The charity estimates there will be 15.6 million by 2035, an increase of more than 40 per cent.
The charity’s health policy manager Ayla Ozmen said: “Young people are putting their hearing at risk due to continued exposure to loud music.
“in 2015 the World Health organisation warned that nearly half of young adults between 12 and 35 are exposing themselves to dangerously loud noise levels.”
Mrs Syed said printing warning labels on packaging for audio products and urging people to buy only quality goods might lower the risk from headphones.
She said: “With some of the cheaper ones you have to really crank it up which distorts the sound.
“People think they can’t hear it properly and turn it up louder but it’s just distorted.”
exposure to loud noises is a common cause of tinnitus and research shows more than half of people aged 18 to 24 report the constant buzzing and ringing in their ears.
Another risk is noise levels in night-clubs where loud music can be listened to safely only for 15 minutes.
Ms Ozmen added: “if you’re going to a gig, take earplugs. Modern ones don’t ruin the listening experience. Noise-cancelling headphones are also really good when background noise is high, like on buses and trains.”
Source: ROBERT KELLAWAY, The Express
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