Lower the volume, save your ears

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

There’s nothing like the joy of turning on your MP3 player, cranking the volume way up and enjoying your favorite tunes. But the European Union is warning music lovers that they risk permanent hearing loss by listening to music with the volume turned up too loud.

EU scientists say between 2.5 and 10 million Europeans could end up suffering hearing loss from listening to their digital music at unsafe volumes.

The scientists say if music is played higher than 89 decibels for more than an hour each day for at least five years, hearing problems can set in.

EU officials are directing their "turn it down" campaign at children and young people, because they may be damaging their hearing without realizing it. It's possible EU leaders may consider lowering the legal limit for MP3 players to 100 decibels.

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