Prolonged or repetitive exposure to loud sounds can lead to serious and permanent hearing impairment. Thanks to smart phones and portable music players, we are now able to enjoy high-quality music at high levels of sound—often much too high—for hours on end. What’s more, young people are attending concerts where sound levels are sky high. According to a study published by the International Journal of Audiology, 1 in 4 teenagers is at risk for hearing loss as a direct result of their music listening habits. As the impairment is irreversible, 10 to 20 years down the road, we could see a much earlier onset of partial deafness in an entire generation.
But there’s no call for panic. By raising awareness among young people about a few ground rules, teens will be able to keep enjoying their music without harming their ears!