How much time do you spend listening to music each day? If you’re like me, it’s a lot. I’ve got my headphones on during my entire commute to and from work and whenever I work out. So when I read the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent report on how listening to a personal audio player for more than ONE hour a day can lead to permanent hearing loss I was a little freaked out!WHO says that about 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss from listening to their smartphones and MP3 players at high volumes, as well as from frequently going to noisy bars, nightclubs and sporting events.After I read this, of course I started to panic that I was losing my hearing, like any rational human being would. Is this why I’ve been asking “WHAT?” more often to people during everyday conversations?
How can you reduce your risk for hearing loss?To calm my nerves, I had to look into what I could do to reduce my chances of losing my hearing. Thankfully, WHO has a number of recommendations for young adults:
Have your ears perked up after reading this? The good news is that small changes can make a real difference. If you have any questions about your hearing, talk to your doctor. I know I will!
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