According to WHO, about 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults, like me, are at risk of hearing loss from listening to personal audio devices, such as MP3 players and smartphones, at high volumes as well as regularly visiting loud bars, nightclubs and sporting events.
How much time do you spend listening to music each day? If you’re like me, it’s a lot. My headphones are my main accessory. I wear them during my entire commute before and after work, sometimes while I’m working and whenever I go for a run. In fact, it’s getting to the point where if I leave the house without my headphones on I feel like I’m missing a vital organ (I tend to be dramatic)! So when I read the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent report on how listening to a personal audio player for more than ONE hour a day can lead to permanent hearing loss I was a little freaked out. How to lower your chances for hearing loss After reading this report, somewhat irrationally, I started panicking that it was happening to me! Is this why I’ve been shouting, “WHAT?” more often to people? I had to look into what I could do to reduce my chances of losing my hearing. Luckily, WHO has a number of tips for young adults to prevent future hearing loss:
Are your ears ringing after reading all this? Don’t worry, the good news is that it only takes small changes to lower your chances for hearing loss. By turning down the volume, changing the type of headphones you use and reducing the amount of time you spend around loud noises you can really make a difference. If you have any questions about your hearing, talk to your doctor. Seriously -- I know I will!
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