1.1 Billion People At Risk for Hearing Loss Says WHO

The WHO has released a report which suggest that 1.1 billion people are at risk of losing their hearing. The WHO says that half of people aged 12 to 35 in industrialized countries expose themselves to damaging levels of noise as through the use of their audio devices. Of this age group, about 40 percent are exposed to damaging noise levels at music venues.

As they go about their daily lives doing what they enjoy, more and more young people are placing themselves at risk of hearing loss,” said Dr. Etienne Krug, WHO Director for the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention.

To limit the likelihood of hearing loss, the WHO suggests that consumers should limit their headphone use to one hour a day. They should also no more than 8 hours in workplaces that have higher than 85 decibels of noise, meaning that people who work in bars, nightclubs and sporting venues should take extra precautions to protect their hearing.

They should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won’t come back. Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk,” said Dr. Krug

 

Read More – 1.1 Billion Young People At Risk of Losing Hearing, Says WHO (ABCNews, Sydney Lupkin)

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Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Millan is a senior at the George Washington University studying Biological Anthropology.

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