Friday, July 21, 2006

MP3 Generation 'Risk Going Deaf'

The MP3 generation are at risk of going deaf 30 years earlier than their parents because they listen to music too loud and for too long, a charity has warned.

Deafness Research UK said young people who constantly have music blasting out through the headphones of their iPods or other personal stereos are permanently damaging their hearing - but most are unaware of the danger.

A survey for the charity showed that more than half (54 per cent) of 16 to 24-year-olds listen to their MP3 player for more than an hour a day, and almost 20 per cent spend more than 21 hours a week plugged in.

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