Published Date: April 7th 2015
When it comes to identifying those in society who are most at risk of hearing loss, younger generations may be surprised to know that they fall into the category.
According to the latest report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is estimated that 1.1 billion youths are putting themselves at risk for hearing loss through several lifestyle factors1. However, with a few simple changes to their listening habits, it is hoped that young people can avoid unnecessary hearing loss.
Daily hearing habits could be damaging
Using headphones to listen to music via smartphones or MP3 players, as well as exposure to high-volume environments such as nightclubs and sporting events, were listed by the WHO as potentially damaging activities1.
Dr Etienne Krug, Director for the WHO Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention advised caution for young people.
“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 Krug. “Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk.”
Taking action early
The WHO also reminds us that with over half of all hearing loss cases estimated to be avoidable1, taking preventative measures now could be vital.
Measures such as using noise-cancelling headphones, as well as limiting headphone use, taking hearing breaks and wearing earplugs in particularly loud environments such as music concerts could very well help to preserve young people’s hearing for years to come.
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1World Health Organisation, 1.1 billion people at risk of hearing loss. Accessed April 7, 2015. Available here.