Study concludes that over 1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss because they listen to loud music

We get it, when your favorite song comes on, you want to play it loud. But how loud is too loud? A new one examination by BMJ Global Health has concluded that over 1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss from listening to music too loud – both on personal listening devices (PLDs) and in live music venues.

The study looked at “young” people between the ages of 12 and 34 and looked at the intensity and duration of their “voluntary recreational noise exposure” or their “unsafe listening habits.” Between 23.81 percent and 48.20 percent of young people engage in these habits, which can result in up to 1.35 billion people suffering from hearing problems such as temporary or permanent tinnitus (ringing in the ears), changes in hearing and hearing loss later in life.

Music on PLDs is most often consumed through headphones at levels as high as 105 decibels, according to the report, which also further defined “loud entertainment venues” as not only concerts but also bars and clubs. These environments tend to range from 104 to 112 decibels. Therefore, it is suggested that individuals practice safer listening habits, such as consuming around 85 decibels for up to 40 hours per week, to prevent potential damage to their hearing later.

Check out the whole study here.

Blasting music may be fun, but it won’t be fun decades from now when you’re struggling to hear as a result of the damage. It’s as simple as turning down the volume on your listening devices or wearing hearing aids such as high-fidelity earplugs. These earplugs can reduce noise up to 22 decibels without distorting the sound of the music, so you don’t have to worry about your favorite band sounding muffled. Vibes makes a pair available on Amazon, which you can check out here.

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