1.1 Billion People Are At Risk Of Hearing Loss Due To Their Smartphones Or Audio Devices

There’s a good reason why your mom tells you turn it down.

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1.1 Billion People Are At Risk Of Hearing Loss Due To Their Smartphones Or Audio Devices
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How often do you listen to music on your mobile phone?

Remember when you’re little and your mother tells you to turn down the volume or you’ll go deaf someday? And how how she'll continue to nag you for ingoring what she said?

Well, it turns out that she might be right all along.

According to the World Health Organization, around 1.1 billion people are currently at risk of suffering from hearing problems or hearing loss through the use of smartphones or audio devices.

And those who are most at risk are, unsurprisingly, young people.

Remember kids, keep it to a minimum.
An estimated 50 per cent of users between 12 to 35 years old are at risk due to “prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds, including music listened through personal audio devices,” according to the UN health agency.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns that youngsters should know that “once they lose their hearing, it won't come back.”

The organisation found that listening to a volume of above 85 decibels for eight hours or 100 decibels for 15 minutes is unsafe for your ears.

Yes, please.
Following the findings, WHO and International Telecommunications Union have issued a non-binding international standard for the manufacture and use of audio devices.

They recommended that a “sound allowance” software be installed in all audio devices for the purpose of tracking the volume level and duration of a user's exposure to sound, as well as to evaluate the risk posed to their hearing.

The same system could also warn the user if they have dangerous listening habits.

Well, it’s time to change the way you use your smartphones or listen to your audio devices. What you do today will benefit you in the long run.

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