The World Health Organization has found in a new report that for millions of people, the effect of headphones and listening to too much music too loud could be hearing damage.
Approximately 43 million people between the ages of 12 and 35 are at risk as a result of unsafe use of headphones and loud entertainment venues. The report found that 50 percent of the young people who listen to music for more than an hour a day with headphones are risking damage to their hearing.
Headphones are not the only culprits. 40 percent of people in the 12-35 age bracket are “exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound at nightclubs, bars, and sporting events.”
According to WHO, volumes above 85 decibels for eight hours or 100 decibels for 15 minutes are unsafe. They recommend young people take listening breaks, and use apps to limit the volume on smartphones. They also recommend that personal audio players such as headphones be used for no more than one hour a day.