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03 de setembro de 2010

51% of Irish MP3-users are damaging their hearing

A survey conducted in Ireland found that the nation's MP3 generation is facing premature hearing damage.

51% of Irish MP3-users are damaging their hearing

Listening to personal music players at high volumes over a sustained period of time can lead to permanent hearing damage. That is a fact which many people will sooner or later have to accept.

Dr. Mark Hamilton, known from Irish television, points out that noise-induced hearing loss is generally preventable. It is therefore hugely important that people are aware of the damage they can do to their hearing and take steps to protect it, whether it is turning the volume down on their MP3-players or protecting their eardrums at gigs. For people who have a hearing loss, ignoring it can be detrimental as they can do further damage by pumping up the volume.

The survey concluded that:

  • 51% of MP3-users listen to their MP3-players at dangerously high volume levels (above 89 decibels (db)) for up to two hours a day.
  • 1 in 5 people are blasting their ears with sound levels of 100db or more ? the equivalent of hearing a pneumatic drill 10 feet away.
  • 11% of people listening to MP3-players and 35% of people attending gigs and concerts say they have experienced ringing in their ears or dulled hearing, signaling that damage to their hearing may have begun.
  • 40% of market-leading MP3-players tested reach sound levels of over 100db ? listening at this volume can cause damage to your hearing after just 30 minutes. Some MP3-players reached a maximum volume of 115db which is the equivalent sound level of a jet plane taking off and should not be listened to for more than 30 seconds.
  • 24% of people surveyed listen to their MP3-player between 1 and 2 hours a day. 1% said that they listen to their MP3-player for over eight hours a day.

Protect your hearing

The research shows a very worrying trend amongst MP3-users. The best advice is to take care of your hearing.

One way of doing that is to remember the 60/60 Rule to protect your hearing ? that is to listen to your MP3/ personal music device through headphones for a maximum of 60 minutes at 60% of the volume.

The European Commission says that it could be common place in 2020 to see one in ten 30-year-olds wearing a hearing device as a result of listening to personal music players too loudly.

The research shows a very worrying trend amongst MP3-users. The best advice is to take care of your hearing.

One way of doing that is to remember the 60/60 Rule to protect your hearing ? that is to listen to your MP3/ personal music device through headphones for a maximum of 60 minutes at 60% of the volume.

The European Commission says that it could be common place in 2020 to see one in ten 30-year-olds wearing a hearing device as a result of listening to personal music players too loudly.

Source: www.hearingawarenessweek.ie

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