1.1 billion face deafness threat from audio devices

27 February 2015

At least 1.1 billion young people are at risk of irreversible hearing loss from the unsafe use of personal audio devices and an increasing noisy environment, the UN said Friday.

Raising the alarm, World Health Organization experts said many people don’t realise that once they lose their hearing, it won’t come back.

Ahead of International Ear Care Day on Tuesday 3 March, WHO’s Dr Etienne Krug told Daniel Johnson that while it’s a growing problem, “it’s not a question of cutting the fun, it’s a question of limiting the risk”.

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