The Reading / Listening - Level 2

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that a billion teenagers and people in their twenties and thirties are damaging their hearing with loud music. It says nearly half the young people in richer countries risk hearing loss because of listening to music at "unsafe" levels. Loud music in nightclubs, bars and at sporting events increases the risk. The WHO says a safe limit is to listen to music for an hour a day. The WHO director for injury prevention said: "What we're trying to do is raise awareness of an issue that is not talked about enough." He said people can prevent hearing loss.



Turning the volume down and listening to music for less than one hour a day could save many people's hearing. However, the WHO director also said that, "even an hour can be too much if the volume is too loud". A biomedical researcher explained how noise can damage ears. He said: "Loud sounds damage your hearing by killing off thousands of little hair cells in the inner ear. The cells detect different…sounds through vibration…but they are very fragile and if they vibrate too much due to loud sounds for too long, they get damaged and die." He warned that if they die, they never regrow.

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31661789 http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/children-warned-to-not-listen-to-music-for-more-than-one-hour-a-day-10076200.html
  • http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/music-health-warning-listening-more-5244982


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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people in their

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prevention

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damaging their hearing

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awareness

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half the young

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with loud music

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a safe

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hearing loss

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injury

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twenties

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raise

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about enough

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an issue that is not talked

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people

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He said people can prevent

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limit



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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Turning the volume

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researcher

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even an hour can

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due to loud sounds

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A biomedical

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be too much

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Loud sounds damage

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fragile

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The cells detect different sounds

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never regrow

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they are very

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down

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if they vibrate too much

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through vibration

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if they die, they

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your hearing

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

The World Health Organisation (WHO) (1) ___________________ teenagers and people in their (2) ___________________ are damaging (3) ___________________ loud music. It says nearly half the young people in richer countries (4) ___________________ because of listening to music at "unsafe" levels. Loud music in nightclubs, bars and at sporting events increases the risk. The WHO (5) ___________________ is to listen to music for an hour a day. The WHO director for injury prevention said: "What we're trying to do is raise awareness (6) ___________________ is not talked about enough." He said people can prevent hearing loss.

Turning (7) ___________________ and listening to music for less than one hour a day (8) ___________________ people's hearing. However, the WHO director also said that, "even an hour can be too much if the volume (9) ___________________". A biomedical researcher explained how noise can damage ears. He said: "Loud (10) ___________________ hearing by killing off thousands of little hair cells in the inner ear. The cells detect different…sounds through vibration…but they (11) ___________________ and if they vibrate too much due to loud sounds for too long, they get damaged and die." He warned that if they die, (12) ___________________.





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TheWorldHealthOrganisation(WHO)warnsthatabillionteenagersand
peopleintheirtwentiesandthirtiesaredamagingtheirhearingwithloud
music.Itsaysnearlyhalftheyoungpeopleinrichercountriesriskhearing
lossbecauseoflisteningtomusicat"unsafe"levels.Loudmusicinnightcl
ubs,barsandatsportingeventsincreasestherisk.TheWHOsaysasafeli
mitistolistentomusicforanhouraday.TheWHOdirectorforinjurypreve
ntionsaid:"Whatwe'retryingtodoisraiseawarenessofanissuethatisno
ttalkedaboutenough."Hesaidpeoplecanpreventhearingloss.Turning
thevolumedownandlisteningtomusicforlessthanonehouradaycoulds
avemanypeople'shearing.However,theWHOdirectoralsosaidthat,"e
venanhourcanbetoomuchifthevolumeistooloud".Abiomedicalresear
cherexplainedhownoisecandamageears.Hesaid:"Loudsoundsdama
geyourhearingbykillingoffthousandsoflittlehaircellsintheinnerear.T
hecellsdetectdifferent…soundsthroughvibration…buttheyareveryfra
gileandiftheyvibratetoomuchduetoloudsoundsfortoolong,theygetda
magedanddie."Hewarnedthatiftheydie,theyneverregrow.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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WRITING

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