27 Feb '15, 6pm

One billion young at risk of hearing loss from loud music: WHO

One billion young at risk of hearing loss from loud music: WHO

GENEVA (AFP) - More than one billion young people risk damaging their hearing through listening to loud music, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. The WHO estimates that around half of those between the ages of 12 and 35 in middle- and high-income countries are at risk due to unsafe levels of sound on personal audio devices or smartphones. Another 40 per cent are at risk from damaging audio levels at concert venues and night clubs. "More and more young people are exposed to unsafe levels of sounds. Young people should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won't come back," said Shelley Chadha, a WHO specialist on hearing impairment. The UN health agency considers a volume above 85 decibels for eight hours or 100 decibels for 15 minutes as unsafe. Exposure to traffic noise at peak hours can reach 85 decibels. The vuvuzela, a popular wind instrument us...

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