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New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) It's an all too familiar sight these days - people, mostly youngsters, with earphones on, listening to music on their i-Pods or mobile phones. The constant exposure to high decibel sounds, however, may be doing more harm than good and can even lead progressively to hearing impairment, doctors warn.
What's more, it may be a few years until you realise the hearing loss since it grows over a period of time.
"Listening to loud music over long durations on your i-Pod or mobile phone can lead to hearing loss. It is a serious issue because it's progressive and it may be a few years before you realise the effect," Manuj Agarwal, senior audiologist with Amplifon India, a hearing aid company, told IANS.
"Moreover, people adapt to such kind of loss over a period of time; so you don't realise immediately, until it becomes obvious," he added.
Roughly seven percent of Indians suffer from some kind of hearing impairment.
Priyanka Madhok, consultant in the audiology and speech therapy department of Max Super Speciality hospital in Delhi, explained the science behind this "rising trend" of music-induced hearing loss.