The Problem of Hearing Loss among the young Smartphone listeners is escalating – WHO.
The World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that more than one billion 12 to 35-year-olds risk irreversible hearing loss from exposure to loud sounds such as music played on their Smartphone.
The recommendations to prevent noise-induced hearing loss and related conditions such as tinnitus – commonly experienced as a ringing sound inside the ear include better functions on personal audio devices that monitor how loud, and for how long, people listen to music.
Dr Shelly Chadha who is a Technical Officer, working on preventing deafness and hearing loss with World Health Organization (WHO) says that if hearing loss is not addressed, it is estimated to cost the global economy $750 million = 2.8 trillion Ugandan Shilling.
Most sufferers live in poor and middle-income countries, the UN agency notes, adding that by 2050; more than 900 million people will have significantly impaired hearing.
“Given that we have the technological know-how to prevent hearing loss, it should not be the case that so many young people continue to damage their hearing while listening to music,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General says.
The generation must understand that once hearing is lost, it can’t be recovered.