1 hour a day of MP3 can lead to hearing loss

1 hour a day of MP3 can lead to hearing loss

The continued use and high volume of sound in MP3 players are two of the main factors that can lead to hearing loss, as confirmed by a study by an independent committee released today. 5 to 10 percent of users who listen to more than an hour of MP3 music per week, at high volume and for at least 5 years, may lose their hearing capacity, even deafness.

The opinion of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Recently Identified Health Risks (CCRSERI) was requested by the European Commission and was released today.

Currently, the standards limit the acoustic level of music players to 100 dB (decibels) and the committee’s study indicates that listening to music with a level above 89 decibels continuously can lead to permanent hearing loss.

The study points to 2.5 to 10 million people at risk in the European Union alone. In recent years, sales of personal music players have soared, with an estimated 50 to 100 million people listening to portable music players daily. Over the past four years, unit sales of portable audio devices have been between 184 and 246 million and between 124 and 165 million for MP3 players.

The European Commission has already announced that it will discuss with Member States and stakeholders the measures to be taken to protect children and young people from exposure to noise from MP3s and other similar devices.