Experts call for new standards to prevent noise-induced hearing loss in younger generations

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Sumary of Experts call for new standards to prevent noise-induced hearing loss in younger generations:

  • As more and more people are taking advantage of music on the go, personal audio systems are pumping up the volume to the detriment of the listener’s hearing..
  • Children, teenagers, and young adults are listening to many hours of music daily at volumes exceeding the globally recommended public health limit of 70 decibels of average leisure noise exposure for a day for a year..
  • In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported almost 25% of American adults, age 20-69, have noise-induced hearing loss..
  • Auditory health risk is highest for people using personal audio systems for more than an hour a day at more than 50% volume over a five-year period..
  • Disputing a recent Wall Street Journal article claiming 85 decibels is safe for children and teens, Fink said 85 decibels is not a safe exposure for anyone..
  • “People think the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 85 dBA recommended exposure level for noise is safe,”.
  • “But a noise level that won’t prevent hearing loss in factory workers or heavy equipment operators is far too high for a young child whose ears have to last an entire lifetime.”.
  • Fink and Mayes will talk about the need for personal audio system noise emission standards and public education on their use “to prevent an imminent noise-induced hear loss epidemic when today’s younger generations reach midlife.”…

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