LISTEN UP: Your music habits are putting your hearing at risk, says United Nations
Millennials need to alter their music habits if they want to keep their hearing intact, says UN.
A generation of music-lovers with earplugs basically glued to their ears has become a major cause for concern regarding the rise in hearing loss, the UN health agency said.
“Over 1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss simply by doing what they really enjoy doing a lot – which is listening regularly to music through their headphones over their devices,” Dr. Shelly Chadha of WHO’s prevention of deafness and hearing loss programme told a news briefing.
But how can we combat this? It’s impossible to make sure people listen to safe volumes for a safe duration of time, so the WHO (not the band, but rather the World Health Organisation) believes the concern needs to be combatted by the manufacturers of smartphones and other audio players through software.
“What we propose is certain features like automatic volume reduction and parental control of the volume so that when somebody goes over their sound limit they have the option that the device will automatically reduce the volume to a level which is not going to harm their ears,” Chadha said.
“Our effort through this standard is really to empower the user to make the right listening choice or take the risk of developing hearing loss and tinnitus a few years down the line,” Chadha said.
What do they propose for music festivals? Make it mandatory for people to use ear plugs? I doubt it. It’s a tricky subject as people aren’t going to be quick to change something that’s not affecting them (YET) but once hearing damage is incurred it is already too late- there is no reversal.
So, give your ears some love and make sure you follow safe music habits.