The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on the eve of the International Day for the Protection of Hearing, which is celebrated on March 3, have published recommendations for manufacturers and users of musical devices.
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The recommendations suggest that the embedded system for smartphones and digital audio players determine the listening time and sound level, automatically turn down the volume when the limit is exceeded, and allow parents to control the volume of the music their children are listening to, and also provide users with general information how to listen music without risk to hearing.
466 million people suffer from hearing problems
According to WHO, more than 5 percent of the world's inhabitants — 466 million people — suffer from serious hearing problems. Most of them are adults living in middle-income and low-income countries. WHO also reports that by the year 2050, every tenth person will suffer from hearing problems.
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