Study, Millions of Teens and Young Adults are in Danger of Going Deaf

The World Health Organization reported Friday that 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss because of unsafe use of personal sound gadgets like smartphones.

As indicated by the data, middle- and high-income nations indicate pretty much 50 percent of 12- to 35-year-olds are exposed to dangerous levels of sound from audio gadgets and around 40 percent are exposed to possibly harming levels of sound at places like clubs, bars and sporting events.

WHO authorities said risky levels are viewed as exposure to volumes over 85 decibels for eight hours or 100 decibels for 15 minutes.

Dr. Theodore Benke with Benke ENT Clinic, audiology and hearing center in Cleburne, said this is a silent plague on the grounds that children don’t see how hazardous it is to listen to music at high levels.

“There are three issues here. The first is the sheer volume issue, second is time of noise exposure and third is the issue of earbuds that admit more sound,” he said.

Benke said 1 in 5 teens are diagnosed with hearing loss. As indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an expected 12.5 percent of kids and young adults aged 6-19 years (around 5.2 million) and 17 percent of grown-ups aged 20-69 years (around 26 million) have endured permanent damage to their hearing from unnecessary exposure to noise.

Sound vibrates tiny bones in the ear which in turn vibrate the hair cells inside the cochlea, Benke said.

“Loud noises can permanently damage the hair cells causing hearing loss. The louder the sound the more damaging it is,” he said.

“We’re not really made to adapt that way,” he said. “Ears are an awesome instrument but it needs to be taken care of just like our eyes. We wear shades to protect our eyes from the sun so just like our eyes wouldn’t adapt to the sun, our ears wouldn’t adapt to loud noises.”

Dr. Etienne Krug, WHO director for the Department of Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, said the more young people go about their day by day lives and listen to music at hazardous levels the higher the danger of hearing loss.

“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,” Krug said.





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *