Warning over headphones

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RESEARCHERS have warned of the danger that listening to loud music through headphones poses to hearing.

Young people in particular are thought to be at risk after a survey found 90 per cent of 12 to 19-year-olds use MP3 players and smartphones to listen to music, and half of them admitted to liking it loud.

Amplifon’s Portsmouth audiologist Anne McLeod said: ‘There’s growing evidence that shows people who regularly listen to loud music through earphones are damaging their hearing.

‘They don’t often realise they are doing it and it’s a particular concern among young people simply because of the vast numbers who use music players regularly.’

The research shows some devices can produce maximum sound levels of 120 decibels.