Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults risk hearing loss from the unsafe use of audio devices, according to the WHO.
That includes the use of smartphones and exposure to loud music at nightclubs and rock concerts.
The WHO analyzed data from studies in middle- and high-income countries and concluded that nearly 50 percent of teenagers and young adults aged 12-35 years are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from personal audio devices, and around 40 percent are exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound at entertainment 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's Director for the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention.
“They should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won’t come back.”
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