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3 Mar 2015

1.1 Billion Teenagers and young adults at risk of hearing loss - WHO


Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events, according to WHO. Hearing loss has potentially devastating consequences for physical and mental health, education and employment.

WHO analysed data from high-income studies and found that nearly 50% of people aged 12-35 years were exposed to dangerous levels of noise from use of personal amplification devices and 40% were exposed to damaging levels of sound at entertainment venues.

Teenagers and young people can better protect their hearing by keeping the volume down on personal audio devices, wearing earplugs when visiting noisy venues, and using carefully fitted, and, if possible, noise-cancelling earphones/headphones.

Melbourne Audiology Centre offer a range of custom made and instant fit ear plugs for hearing protection. Read more.

Media Release - World Health Organization