Music Is Causing Hearing Loss Among Teenager in Increasing Numbers

Every time you hear loud music you are increasing the risk of damaging your hearing. Repeated exposure to loud music can permanently damage the inner ear and can cause permanent hearing loss.

According to the World Health Organization has reported that about 1.1 billion teenagers have been found to be at risk of developing hearing problems. The primary reason attributed to this alarming statistic is the frequent use of Ipod, MP3 players and smart phones, and also the high exposure of noise pollution at public entertainment facilities like discos or night-clubs. Musicians are also at increased risk of hearing loss.

WHO’s report has particularly singled out the 12-35 years age-group from middle—class and affluent families who routinely listen to loud music are developing hearing loss.

By definition, any individual exposed to over 85 db of noise for more than 8 hours at a stretch is a high-risk individual for hearing loss.

The risk of damage to hearing from music depends on, loudness of the music, closeness to the source of music, duration of exposure to loud music, family history of hearing loss and individual susceptibility to noise.

Typically during New Year parties or other similar festivities, sound levels are very high before people realize, they may experience a sudden numbing sensation in the ears followed by a deafening silence. This experience differs from person to person, but teenage party-goers frequently complain about hearing problem after attending a rock concert or a whole-night party. Many of these teenagers who complain about temporary hearing loss from time to time may develop serious problems later in their lives.

Teenagers from low-income groups working at mines, construction sites, oil drills are at same risk of developing hearing loss because of the nature of their occupational environments.

Protect your ear from the noise and we suggest some practical ways to avoid hearing problems. Turn down the volume of personal music systems. Take regular breaks from loud music or go to less noisy areas from loudest areas in the club or stand away from the sound source or music speakers. Use noise cancelling head phones or wear ear plugs. This solution is recommended for young, professional musicians too.


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