The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that generations of music fans are damaging their hearing by using audio players that do not limit noise levels.
The WHO said 466 million people worldwide suffer from loss of hearing , compared to 360 million in 2010 and the figure is expected to nearly double to about 900 million, or one in 10 by 2050.
“More than a billion young people are at risk of hearing loss, simply because they enjoy it a lot, and regularly listen to music through their headphones,” said Chili Chadha, a doctor who works for the organization‘s prevention program against deafness and impaired hearing .
“What we suggest is specific features, such as automatic volume reduction and parents control over the sound volume so that they have the option, if one of the audio limits exceeds, that the device will automatically reduce the volume to a level that cannot hurt their ears.” The acoustic expert suggested.
The organization urges manufacturers to ensure that smart phones and other audio players are equipped with programs that ensure people do not listen to loud music for a long period of time.