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Why billions of teenagers are at risk of hearing loss and how to prevent it

It’s one of those things teens are growing up on right now. Not loud music (since rock concerts started), but a constant stream easily accessible from your personal device.

new research Estimates released by BMJ Global Health on Tuesday showed that between 670 million and 1.35 billion teens are suffering from addiction through personal devices and unsafe listening practices in loud venues such as clubs and concerts. , puts you at risk of hearing loss.

World population hit 8 million on Tuesday United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

That means nearly 17% of the population is at risk of some form of hearing loss through unsafe practices alone. And it’s preventable.

What are “unsafe listening practices”?

The World Health Organization has been working to reduce hearing loss since a global initiative.make listening safe” was launched in 2015. At the time, 5% of the world’s population was experiencing hearing loss, according to the group’s report. press release.

A BMJ study explains that listening to loud volumes or specific frequencies for long periods of time is a dangerous listening practice.

What are some ways to reduce hearing loss?

WHO released guide It provides recommendations on safe listening practices to reduce your risk of hearing loss.

  • When listening to music, keep the volume as low as possible.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend in noisy activities at work or leisure.
  • Be aware of your listening levels on your device and in noisy environments.

Which technology provides acoustic measurement capabilities?

Today’s smart devices can detect dangerously loud sounds in the environment and from headphones.

Apple says,noise appon devices such as the Apple Watch to notify users when they are in danger from loud music or noise in their surroundings. Enabling this will help users to notice and pay attention to dangerous sound levels.

The Google Play Store offers a similar free app called “”.Decibel alert light.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends this.NIOSH sound level meter app

https://www.deseret.com/2022/11/16/23462485/billions-of-teens-at-risk-for-hearing-loss-how-to-prevent-it Why billions of teenagers are at risk of hearing loss and how to prevent it

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