WHO report: 1.1 billions young adults at risk of becoming deaf
This is going to be a massive challenge for governments across the world. A latest study claims that as many as 1.1 billion people may be at the risk of hearing loss.
The latest report was released by the World Health Organization. The WHO report has also said that the large scale hearing loss may be caused by very loud music.
While talking about the latest report Dr. Amber Lim Coronado with UR Medicine says, â€œIn the past, we limited ourselves because we werenâ€™t around our cell phones 24/7. We didnâ€™t have them, you would use landlines. You wouldnâ€™t go places and listen to your iPod.â€
She goes on to add that many people listen to music with high sound. Coronado further says that now many people, especially youth, listen to their iPods at around 80 decibels â€“ which is fine if youâ€™re only listening to it for a few minutes. If youâ€™re listening for an extended period of time, or plan to be in other noisy environments throughout the day, youâ€™re putting yourself at risk.
The WHO study that has been released this past week says that 1.1 billion people between ages 12 and 35 are at imminent threat of hearing loss. Aside from noisy bars and sporting events, the main culprit that number is so high is earbuds. Weâ€™re told thatâ€™s a new problem. â€œItâ€™s a huge concern, and I had not heard the number before, so thatâ€™s big for usâ€¦Heâ€™s only five. Weâ€™ve got a long way to go with technologyâ€ says an expert.