Wednesday, 15 Oct, 2008 Health & Fitness

High-volume Music through Earphones Can Lead to the Loss of Hearing


Every tenth owner of a CD or MP3 player is at high risk of losing hearing, as they often listen to high-volume music, scientists say.

This risk, according to specialists, is being developed from regular listening to high-volume music more than an an hour per day during 5 years. It means that approximately 10 million people all over Europe, including children and teenagers, can suffer from their passion of listening to music through earphones. Statistics say that from 50 to 100 million people use audio players everyday. This is a problem more and more spread among young people, that's why the European committee has promised to lead an investigation on it.

Safety warnings indicate that the maximum level of noise in earphones is in the limits of 100 decibels, but, unfortunately, people usually don't respect these norms. A lot of music lovers raise the level of noise to 89 decibels so they can "plug" the noise in means of public transport.

So, in conclusion, we have from 5 to 10 per cent of music listeners in a group of high risk (that makes circa 2.5 to 10 million people). And losing hearing can be irreversible in such cases, as studies show. Perhaps, the effects of listening to music in high-volume and through earphones often cannot be seen or noticed, but they cumulate in time and when one less expects it, the problems appear. Specialists affirm that they will try to find a solution to this problem, but, in the meantime, for the sake of health, a person should refrain oneself from very high-volume levels of music in the earphones and thus, protect the sense of hearing.

Posted by summer_rain


51 votes

//3 Oct 29, 2008 07:56 PM | posted by: summer_rain [InfoMANIAC]
Yes, but the sound in this case does not affect the ear drum directly, consider earphones being so tightly fixed on one's ears... anyway, I wish I could quit this bad habit of listening to high-volume music all the time too...
40 votes

//2 Oct 15, 2008 09:47 PM | posted by: sharaeff [InfoMANIAC]
Yeah, we start thinking about a sickness just when we get sick. Unfortunately, the most unhealthy things are the most tempting ones. People get dependent on them and there is no chance to give it up. The same about listening to music in high volume. The habit is stronger than common sense. But what about disco?As far as I know, the volume there also exceeds the norm...
46 votes

//1 Oct 15, 2008 08:42 PM | posted by: vanilla [InfoWILD]
On one hand listening to music in high-volume is nice - you may abstract from the environment and retire into yourself, in this case music, that you love helps you in doing that. But, unfortunately, people live for the day, they don't think this can lead to problems with their health. The same with alkohol and smoking and not only these...

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