A new study published this week by the American scientific journal, BMJ Public Health, It revealed that children and adults who use video games with high volume levels can experience hearing loss.
The report, in which more than 50,000 people participated, found that sound levels in games approach or exceed safe hearing limits.
“Key findings include gaming sound levels of up to 80-89 dB in gaming rooms and bursting sounds during gameplay of up to 119 dB, exceeding safe exposure limits. While the popularity of video games continues to grow, with more than 3 billion players by 2022, and Science News explained that this review highlights the need for greater public health efforts to create awareness about the hearing risks associated with gaming.
Video game audio has unsafe limits of noise exposure, which can cause hearing loss and ringing in the ears.
According to the results of the study, the sound level of toys can reach 119 decibels, which far exceeds safe levels for children and adults. Video game consumers may be at risk of hearing loss or experiencing persistent tinnitus, as reported in the study published in BMJ Public Health.
“Although headphones and music venues are recognized as sources of potentially harmful sound levels, relatively little attention has been paid to the effects of video games, including e-sports, on hearing loss,” the researchers say.
The research revealed that the sound level in video games on mobile devices reached 43.2 decibels, while video game consoles exceeded 80 decibels.
Estimates from 2020 indicate that there are about 3 billion gamers around the world.
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