Noise, understood as an excess of decibels, is now considered an “emerging disease.” And among the main victims are teenagers and young people, who misuse their music players. Attending discotheques and concerts does not help, because Overexposure to loud music is increasing the incidence of tinnitus in young people.
This increased prevalence of tinnitus Among young people it also has scientific support, since a study carried out more than two years ago in Brazil pointed in this direction. The research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, indicated that 54.7 percent of young people (93 participants) acknowledged having suffered from tinnitus in the last yeara percentage that the researchers called de “frightening”. What’s more, they warn that if this dynamic continues, it is likely that those affected will suffer hearing loss at 30 or 40 years old.
He too ‘I study of hearing care habits’carried out by UMusic, warns of this worrying dynamic: 4 out of 10 young people of the same age range admit to listening to music at high volume, above the recommended 60 decibels. own World Health Organization (WHO) shares this concern and issues a warning to sailors: Half of people between 12 and 35 years old are at risk of seeing their hearing deteriorate over time due to exposure to loud noises for a long time
Apart from causing hearing loss, overexposure to loud noises It also increases, as we pointed out, the risk of noise-induced tinnitus. The consequence is many adolescents and young people begin to notice ringing in the earwhich in some cases can become chronic.
Lack of awareness about noise and leisure
Although at the work level progress has been made in raising awareness about the need to protect oneself from noise, in the field of leisure the achievements are much smaller. It is difficult to educate young people to listen to music at a maximum of 60% of the possible volume. And it doesn’t help that concerts or discos can register rates higher than those 100 dB. Another alarming fact: many headphones can offer a maximum volume ranging between 75 and 146 decibels (dB), when The noise-induced pain threshold is around 120 dB.. In fact, the WHO has urged manufacturers to limit the volume of these devices. And regarding young people, this entity advises them The 60/60 rule: listen to music at 60% of the maximum volume and for no more than 60 minutes a day.