GENEVA (REUTERS) – A generation of music-lovers are damaging their hearing with audio players that do not limit dangerously high noise levels, the UN health agency said on Tuesday (Feb 12). Already 466 million people worldwide have debilitating hearing loss, up from 360 million in 2010 and the figure is expected to nearly double to 900 million, or one in every 10 people by 2050, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. “Over one billion young people are at risk of hearing loss simply by doing what they really enjoy doing a lot – which is listening regularly to music through their headphones over their devices,” Dr Shelly Chadha of WHO’s prevention of deafness and hearing loss programme told a news briefing. The WHO is urging manufacturers and regulators to ensure smartphones and other audio players have software that can ensure people do not listen to too loud music for too long. “What we propose is certain features like automatic volume reduction and parental control of the volume so that when somebody goes over their sound limit they have the option that the device will automatically reduce the volume to a level which is not going to harm their ears,” Chadha… Read full this story
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