A new medical study suggests that children who listen to portable music players are three times more likely to suffer hearing loss than those who don’t …

Gizmodo notes that the large-scale study was conducted among more than 3,000 children aged 9-11.

Overall, 14 percent, or 450 children, had hearing problems, based on tests. Seven percent tested positive for high-frequency hearing loss, a form of hearing loss often caused by noise exposure, usually only in one ear.

Looking only at the 2,000 children for whom they had data about music player use, the researchers estimated that children who listened to portable music players were nearly three times as likely to have high-frequency hearing loss than those who didn’t.

Although other studies have shown similar results, the scale of this one makes it particularly significant, along with the age range eliminating regular exposure to most other sources of high-volume noise.

In Europe, EU regulations require a default maximum volume setting below 85 decibels.

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