BMJ: Almost a billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to loud music

23 November, 2022
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BMJ: Almost a billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to loud music

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) revealed, in a new study it published, that about a billion young people may lose their hearing due to loud music, as the loud sound affects human hearing.


According to the study, 24 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 34 listen to an “unsafe level” of sounds on the phone, tablets, or while they are in noisy places, according to the World Health Organization advisor and author of the study. Principal Lauren Dillard.


And Dillard pointed out that exposure to sounds at a very high level can stress the cells and sensory structures in the ear. If this continues for a long time, it can become permanently damaged, leading to hearing loss, tinnitus, or both.


The study indicated that the researchers conducted an analysis of scientific articles related to unsafe listening practices that were published between 2000 and 2021 across three databases, noting that unsafe practices were tracked according to the use of headphones as well as attendance at entertainment venues, such as concerts.


And the first global report on hearing, issued by the World Health Organization in 2021, had warned that the number of people living with hearing loss to some degree would reach about 2.5 billion people in the world, or 1 out of every 4 people, by 2050. And he will need at least 700 million of these people will need access to ear and hearing care services and other rehabilitation services, unless action is taken in this regard. More than 5 percent of the world's population, or 430 million people, need rehabilitation to treat "disabling" hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children).


More than a billion people between the ages of 12 and 35 are at risk of hearing loss due to prolonged and excessive exposure to loud music and other sounds during leisure activities, according to the World Health Organization. This can have devastating consequences for their physical and psychological health, education and employment opportunities.


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