Like listening to music on your mobile device? You might want to turn down the volume


If there is one thing mobile technology has done for us, it has changed the way we buy and listen to music. At some point during a given day, you are bound to see someone jamming to some tunes on their mobile device, using snazzy little earbuds, big fat Beats type headphones, and everything in between.

According to a statement by the UN’s World Health Organization on Friday, more than 1 billion “young people” (meaning between the ages of 12 and 35 years) are at risk of suffering hearing loss due to loud music.

Most of those at risk are in developed markets, like the United States and Europe, where personal audio devices (like iPods) and smartphones are pervasive enough to present the strongest risk. Around the rest of the world, another 40% are exposed to dangerous volumes through live concert venues and clubs.

Sustained noise exposure over 85 decibels (up to 8 hours), or 100 decibels over shorter periods (15 minutes) is considered unsafe. “Young people should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won’t come back,” according to Shelly Chadha, a WHO specialist on hearing impairment.

To give you a frame of reference, the noise during rush hour in an urban area can reach 85 decibels. However, it is in other areas where the risk of hearing loss presents itself too, like sports stadiums. Vuvuzela wind instruments can generate noise over 120 decibels. It takes only 9 seconds for that type of sound intensity to cause hearing damage.

The WHO recommends that you listen to your favorite jams at reduced volumes, and if possible, limit use to an hour per day. The volume recommendation we can get behind, some folks just need their music all the time though. The WHO also advocates governments play an active role in developing and enforcing noise ordinances in public places.

Of course, many of you might benefit from lower volumes if your audio gear is up to the task of delivering quality sound. For that, you should check out our picks for earbuds priced for every budget.

sources: AFP via Yahoo! News

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22 Comments

1. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

turn down for what!

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1771; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

For your ears' health. But yea... TURN DOWN FOR WHAT!!!

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Prevention is better than cure.

2. TheHitman1982

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Shouldnt the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION be worrying about something a little more important than kids listening to loud music? I mean I understand hearing loss a serious thing but there has got to be 10 or 15 Major Diseases they should be curing instead.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

There might be another team working on curing those major diseases.

6. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

how can you know that they are not worrying about those 10 or 15 major diseases?

20. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

This really isn't even remotely new information, I remember hearing about this stuff several years ago, and it was probably around before that. Perhaps it's just an update or something along those lines.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Thanks for the info. My music volume always set to 18/30.

16. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

My volume is at 1/8 ;)

8. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Farking nyah denyah nyah ju say...TURN DOWN FOR WHAT!

9. Feanor

Posts: 1415; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Or buy a Sony Xperia smartphone. Thanks to its active noise cancellation you can enjoy music without the need of ear splitting volume in order to cover ambient noise. I wonder when other companies and public will realise this must have feature.

23. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

How does this feature work, does it only work with Sony headphones and software?

10. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Already do thanks to my use of In-ear monitors/ headphones. I don't need to have the volume up to listen to music during my commute through the noisy subway system. Regular earbuds, earpods are bad for this and those on ear headphones are way too big and possibly aren't much better at blocking out noise.

11. cbatista750

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

I love my xperia z3v but when it comes to headphones the only problem is that it doesnt detect my headphones and im not gonna buy another pair after i paid $60 for these really good headphones. And sony headphones suck.

12. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

What is not being detected, the entire headphone set or specific buttons? The volume control on most headsets don't work on Android. If the headphones don't work as a whole then it may be the jack or the set themselves.

13. Pheewix

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

This might help you. A 3.5mm TRRS adapter. Meelectronics sells them for about $10. Good luck.

14. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

This article is made for nothing.

15. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Well loud music give me head ache so I always set my volume at 27 %

18. Ebsound

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

If you work in the lab, in which there are some noisy instruments you may have to turn the volume up, yes I did continously working and listening music for 4 hours, when I came and talked with my friends in office I had to pay more attention to hear them clearly.

19. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

And when do I know that I'm hearing too loud? There is nothing that shows me how high I can turn up the music.

21. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Is that really real and if WHO is not just come up with "1 hour a day" number without actually do actual research?

22. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I'm just annoyed with people who think they can just advise people without prove and inaccurate info. seriously who sugest that watching tv or monitor too long can caused nearsighted when that is not even proved, I suspect this is one of thus famed inaccurate info.

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