August 10, 2022

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More than a billion people are at risk of deafness

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that more than a billion people between the ages of 12 and 35 are at risk of deafness from listening to loud music and other entertaining sounds for long periods of time.

The organization stressed that this could have serious consequences for their physical and mental health, education and employment.

At the “World Hearing Day” event, which falls on March 3, this year the UN will hold a rally with the slogan “Take care of your hearing and enjoy it for a lifetime”. The company has released international standards for safe listening in places. And events. These recommendations apply to entertainment and event venues where loud music is played.

Recommendations include that the average level should not exceed a maximum of 100 decibels, and that staff be trained and informed on the importance of good hearing protection.

“Millions of teens and young adults are at risk of deafness due to unsafe use of personal audio equipment and exposure to harmful sounds in places such as nightclubs, bars, concerts and sporting events,” said Bendy Mickelson, director of the department. Non-communicable diseases at the World Health Organization.

Exposure to loud sounds can cause temporary deafness or tinnitus. But prolonged or repeated exposure can lead to permanent hearing loss, resulting in irreversible deafness.

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