To Save Your Hearing, Turn Down the Sound

The World Health Organization says it may be time to replace your headphones with earplugs because of an increasing exposure to unsafe sound levels from personal devices. The organization released a report titled “Make Listening Safe,” which outlined the dangers of people’s listening habits, particularly teens and young adults. According to the report, nearly 50 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 35 listen with their headphones’ output at unsafe levels. “The culture right now is that louder is better,” said Andrea Vambutas, MD, chairman of the Cochlear Implant Center of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders at LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park. “Louder gives you a better experience of the music. …The problem is some people don’t realize that this results in irreversible hearing loss.”

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