Turn down the volume! - WHO brings in safety standards for s
With 1.1 billion young people at risk of hearing loss due to prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds, including listening to music through personal audio devices, the World Health Organisation (WHO) with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has issued a new international standard for the manufacture and use of audio devices.

Safe listening devices and systems: a WHO-ITU standard is applicable to devices including smartphones and audio players, to make them safer for listening. The initiative marks the upcoming World Hearing Day event on 3 March

"Given that we have the technological know-how to prevent hearing loss, it should not be the case that so many young people continue to damage their hearing while listening to music. They must understand that once they lose their hearing, it won’t come back,” says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

The standard has been developed under WHO’s 'Make Listening Safe' initiative, developed by WHO and ITU experts over a two-year process drawing on the latest evidence and consultations with experts from government, industry, consumers and civil society.

Read the entire story here: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/12-02-2019-new-who-itu-standard-aims-to-prevent-hearing-loss-among-1.1-billion-young-people

Read the entire standard here: https://pxmd.co/KSDki
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