International health insurance customers might want to book themselves in for a hearing test after recent comments have highlighted the risks of loud music.
Andy Glyde, senior campaigner at the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID), said that many people are unaware of how loud their music is.
"Anything over 80 to 85 decibels could be damaging to your hearing, which is actually the equivalent to a loud alarm clock [which is] on continuously," he explained.
"People listen to it at high volumes because they don't realise that it could be dangerous and they just enjoy loud music."
He added that the RNID has been lobbying the European Union for changes to regulations on MP3 players and personal music players to set a volume limiter as a default.
It has now been confirmed that this limit will be 85 decibels; a maximum that can be overridden by users if desired, but not without first seeing a warning explaining that they are putting their hearing at risk.
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