Reuters is reporting that on Monday, EU scientists warned that millions of teenagers across Europe could suffer permanent hearing loss after five years if they listen to MP3 players at too high a volume for more than five hours a week.
“There has been increasing concern about exposure from the new generation of personal music players which can reproduce sounds at very high volumes without loss of quality,” the Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said in a statement. “Risk for hearing damage depends on sound level and exposure time.” The report went on to say that loud mobile phones were also a risk.
One strategy we like is to use in-ear stereo ear buds that block out noise from the outside. This works well on underground subways and in other loud environments that would normally cause a listener to turn up the volume to dangerous levels in order to drown out background noise.