Listening to music at a high volume on mobile phones is something that a lot of us are guilty of from time to time at least.
You may enjoy listening to tunes on maximum volume on the commute to work or even just chilling out at home, but you probably didn’t know if could have a long-term impact on your health.
New research from Hidden Hearing found that one in four Irish people (26%) are experiencing symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss.
The study also revealed that people listen to music on their mobile or MP3 player for nearly two hours (113 minutes) a day on average.
Young people in the age bracket of 18-24 are particularly at risk of ‘dangerous decibel levels’.
Dolores Madden, Audiologist and Marketing Director with Hidden Hearing, had a stark warning for young people.
Basically turn the music down or be prepared for hearing loss in later life.
“If you suffer ringing in the ears or buzzing after listening to loud music, that tells us that the damage is already done.
“Our research paints a worrying picture for the long-term hearing health of younger people especially. An EU study claims by 2020 it may be commonplace for up to 10% of 30 year olds to be wearing a hearing aid and our latest research in Ireland certainly supports that trend.”