The Chicago Tribune published a very informative article on How earbuds can wreck your hearing (especially for young people). The article notes that:
A 2015 World Health Organization report found that nearly 50 percent of teens and young adults ages 12-35 are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from their personal music players. A 2010 Journal of the American Medical Association analysis found a significant increase in young people with hearing loss from three decades ago.
It’s well worth a read, particularly for the advice provided on how to know when sound is too loud and what you can do to limit harmful exposure.
Thanks to Bryan Pollard for the link. Bryan is the founder and president of Hyperacusis Research Limited, a non-profit charity dedicated to funding research on what causes hyperacusis with the goal of developing effective treatments.