Young people today are at more risk of hearing loss

1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss.

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CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss.

That’s according to the World Health Organization. Teens today are 30 percent more likely to lose their hearing than teens in the 80s and 90s.

Nowadays, teens use earbuds, which enhances the volume by placing sound close to the eardrum. Repeated exposure to sound over 85 decibels can cause permanent damage. iPads or iPods can produce sound over 105 decibels.

Tori Guntor of Belchertown told 22News, “When you think about it, we do blare music frequently in them. It’s often where you see people turn them up. If my speakers in my car don’t work I’ll use my headphones and it can get pretty loud.”

Experts say you can protect your ears by using the “60/60” rule. Keep volume on your iphone or MP3 player down to 60 percent, and listen for no longer than 60 minutes.

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