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Hearing Loss In Australia Essay

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In Australia 1 in 5 teenagers experience hearing loss from the use of earphones. 30,000 people in Australia are deaf and the rate of deafness is 30% higher than it was in the 1980's and 1990's. 40% of hearing loss, for people over the age of 18, is caused from clubs and bars having their music too loud. Hearing loss can occur from only 1 hour and 15 minutes of unsafe levels of sound. The safe level of sound when using earphones is 85 decibels(dB) or lower. But a soft whisper is 30dB, busy traffic is 75dB, a subway train 90dB, a gunshot 100dB, a jet plane 140dB and a rocket is 180dB. There's no single volume setting that is safe for everyone. No matter what age people can not tolerate loud music for a long period of time. When your music volume is higher than 60% it will damage your hearing. It is safe to listen to music through earphones for under 60 minutes a day with the volume lower then 60%, although you should be able to hear everyone around you. Head phones are better for your hearing. Earbuds add about 9dB of volume because they are closer to the ear canal. Earbuds do not black out as much sound as headphones which causes most people to turn the volume up louder to harmful levels. Many cheap earbuds are poorly made products that will disort sound or produce uneven levels of sound and this leads most of us, once again, to increase the level of volume to unsafe levels. Children experience hearing loss before they are even teenagers because there ear canals are shorter and aren't fully developed so can suffer greater damage from loud music and toys. To prevent hearing loss use earplugs at loud music events and in a…show more content…
These include accidents that occur as a result of people not being able to hear surrounding dangers.nit has been reported that car accidents, road accidents and even train accidents involving people using both earphones and headphones have increased in
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