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Hearing loss: headphones and concerts could put young people at risk – here's how to protect yourself

By Samuel Couth, Research Associate, Hearing Science, University of Manchester
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A recent study published in BMJ Global Health has estimated that over one billion people worldwide aged 12-34 years could be at risk of noise-induced hearing loss. The systematic review and meta-analysis found that 24% of young people engage in unsafe listening practices when using a personal listening device (such as headphones), while an estimated 48% do so at least once a month by attending noisy events (such as concerts or clubs).