Headphones could render you deaf, says WHO.
The World Health Organisation has released a study that suggests that listening to loud music on headphones can damage children's hearing, or lead to them being deaf.
This news may be music to our ears. But it's also not new. Anyone will tell you that continuously listening to loud music will most likely to have a negative effect on your hearing. But to what extent?
Xolani Gwala spoke to Tanya Hanekom, President Elect of the South African Association of Audiologists to hear their view. He asked her why loud music affects children specifically.
The risk is equally threatening to everyone and not just children but young people are more likely the ones to as a way of recreation be exposed to loud music as a means of lifestyle etc.
Hanekom went on to say that even gadgets like smartphones and tablets, often used by young people at high volume, is the reason for the worry about young people over adults.
She responded to Xolani's question about the ear getting used to certain volume variances - where someone's "loud" is the next person's "mild".
The brain does get used to over-exposed sounds and volumes but the effect is dangerous. We each have personalized amplifications and different sensitivities.
Listen to Xolani's full chat with Tanya Hanekom below...
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