Young people 12-34 years old may be at risk of hearing loss due to the prevalence of unsafe listening practices from headphones, earbuds and attendance at loud music venues, a new study suggests.
"Results from this study show that unsafe listening is common in adolescents and young adults and highlight the need to implement policy and public health initiatives to reduce unsafe listening," lead author Dr. Lauren Dillard told Fox News Digital. The study did not measure hearing loss directly. Included were 33 studies, which involved 19,046 participants among 17 records focused on personal listening device use and 18 records focused on loud entertainment venues. Consider turning down the volume and listening to music "for shorter periods of time."
"Doing so requires the engagement of governments, industry and other stakeholders," added Dillard, who is a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) and a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina.