MP3 Players To Be Responsible For An Upcoming “Deaf Generation”August 14, 2006
Today’s youngsters could go deaf up to 30-years earlier than their parents, claims a recent study conducted by Deafness Research UK. The main factor in this process seems to be the now-common MP3 player.The “guilty party” for the premature deafness is, according to the study, the now-common portable MP3 player.
Deafness Research UK representatives have conducted a national UK survey and discovered that 14%f people spend up to 28-hours a week listening to their music player.Furthermore, they fount out that 39%t of 18 to 24-year-olds listen to personal stereos for more than an hour each day, with 13 per cent listening for two hours or more.What makes the situation troublesome is that some of the MP3 player users play them too loudly, which, most certainly, damages one’s hearing.“More than a third of people who have experienced ringing in their ears after listening to loud music, listen to their MP3 player every day. Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, is a sign of damage to their hearing,” the study warnsAlso, the research also shows that 82% of people who have experienced tinnitus after listening to loud music go to nightclubs. 25% of them of these go once a week or more.“Hearing loss can make life unbearable. It cuts people off from their family and friends and makes everyday communication extremely difficult. We want people to realise that their hearing is as important as their sight and protect their ears against any potential damage.” Said Vivienne Michael, Chief Executive of Deafness Research UK.
Link: Deafness Research UK