Wireless earbud wearers NOT concerned about the 250 scientists warning about increased risks of cancer, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and more from wearing them may still be concerned about scientists’ warnings about the potential for hearing loss from earbud and headphone use.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Teens and young adults are constantly in their own worlds listening to music pumping out of their headphones everywhere they go. While it may be hard to part with your beloved personal ear radios, headphones may be the cause of hearing loss. A new study warns that more than one billion young people are at risk of hearing loss partly due to the rise of headphone and earbud usage.
Scientists say their use as well as going to loud live music gigs is placing them at risk. Currently, more than 430 million people have disabling hearing loss and young people are especially vulnerable to the condition because they use loud devices.
Why do headphones cause hearing loss?
Noise regulations are also poorly enforced, the researchers add. “There is an urgent need for governments, industry, and civil society to prioritize global hearing loss prevention by promoting safe listening practices,” the authors write in their paper.