Are your headphones and earphones making you deaf?
The heavy unheard truth
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Portable audio listening devices haven't been around that long. The Sony Walkman only became available in 1979, after all. But the volume it could produce wasn't anywhere near what can be produced from most phones with standard earphone sets today. Indeed, music has been getting louder and louder since the 1940s, but the human ear's anatomy remains the same in that it is easily damaged.
There is a lack of global standards surrounding how loud manufacturers of audio playing devices and headphones/earphones can make their products. Consequently, these factors are resulting in a huge increase in premature hearing damage around the world.
To explore what is happening, how you can protect your hearing, and how big tech companies and governing authorities are to blame, click through this gallery.
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