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The World Health Organisation (WHO) is worried that 1.1 teenagers and people in their and thirties are damaging their hearing by listening to loud music. It says nearly the young people in middle- and high-income countries risk hearing because of the "unsafe use" of music players, including smartphones. Loud music in nightclubs, bars and at sporting also increases the risk. The WHO recommends a safe limit of listening to music for one hour a day. The WHO director for injury prevention, Dr Etienne Krug, told the BBC that: "What we're trying to do is raise of an issue that is not talked about enough." He said hearing loss is easily .

Dr Krug said keeping the volume and limiting the use of personal devices to less than one hour a day would save a lot of people's . However, he also said that, "even an hour can be too much if the is too loud". Ralph Holme, a biomedical researcher, explained how loud noise can damage . He said: "Loud sounds damage your hearing by killing off of little hair cells in the inner ear. The cells detect different pitches of sound through …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: "The is they don’t grow back and the ear can no detect ."

 
 

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