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Personal Music Players & Hearing

30 March 2011, 09:43 CET
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In recent years, sales of personal music players have soared, in particular those of MP3 players. Music from such players has become a significant threat to hearing because it can reach very high volumes and because an increasing proportion of the population is exposed to it, particularly young people. Overall, in the EU, roughly 50 to 100 million people listen to personal music players on a daily basis. In the light of current scientific knowledge, can the use of personal music players damage hearing? An assessment by the European Commission Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR).

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