MORE than a billion young people are risking their hearing by listening to music too loud, warns the World Health Organisation.
In wealthier countries almost 50% of people aged between 12 and 35 years old are exposed to “unsafe levels of sound” from their headphones, it says.
Dr Etienne Krug, WHO director for the department for management of noncommunicable 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.”
The WHO suggests using well-fitted headphones, maybe even noise-cancelling models, to limit the need for high volume.
But the main preventative step is just not to turn them up loud.
Something which is all too tempting to ignore for a young mind unconcerned with consequences years or even decades down the line.
Buy your children headphones which don’t allow them to listen at unsafe levels.
Remove the ability for them to damage their hearing before they realise how important it is and worry about on less thing.
– The Telegraph