Dr Bente Mikkelsen, WHO Director, said: “Millions of adolescents and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe use of personal audio devices and exposure to harmful sound levels in the United States. venues such as nightclubs, bars, concerts and sporting events,” the Department of Non-Communicable Diseases, in a statement.
“The risk is compounded when most audio devices, venues and events do not provide safe listening options and contribute to the risk of hearing loss,” she added.
WHO states that hearing loss from loud sounds is permanent but preventable.
Exposure to loud sounds causes temporary hearing loss or tinnitus. But long-term or repeated exposure can lead to permanent hearing damage, leading to irreversible hearing loss.
Young people can better protect their hearing by: turning the volume down on personal audio devices, using noise-cancelling headphones/headphones, and if possible, wearing earplugs in noisy places. and have your hearing checked regularly.
WHO has also issued a new international standard for safe listening at venues and events, which includes: a maximum average sound level of 100 decibels; live monitoring and recording of sound levels; venue sound optimization and sound system, among other things.
“Governments, civil society and private organizations such as manufacturers of personal audio equipment, sound systems and video game equipment, as well as owners and managers of entertainment venues, Positions and events have an important role to play in advocating for the new global standard,” said Dr Ren Minghui, WHO Assistant Director-General, in the statement.