Excessive noise poses a risk of hearing loss. Many like to listen to loud music or play games. Gamers who regularly play loud video games are at risk of hearing loss. This information has emerged in a recent study.
According to a BBC report, gamers are putting their hearing at serious risk by playing games at excessive volume for long periods of time. Gamers can even suffer from tinnitus, causing irreversible hearing damage. The problem of hearing abnormal sounds in the ear is called tinnitus.
A paper published in BMJ Public Health reviewed 14 studies on this topic. More than 50 thousand people participated in it. According to researchers, most of the gamers are gaming with the volume at an unsafe level. The risk of hearing damage is greatly reduced if gamers play games with the sound turned down to a safe volume level.
As recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), an adult can safely tolerate noise levels of 80 decibels (dB) for 40 hours a week. However, gaming at high or excessive volume for long periods of time will damage hearing. According to WHO guidelines, adults can listen to music for 4 hours a week at 85 decibels and a maximum of 1 hour 15 minutes a week at 90 decibels. In case of children the word limit is less.
Studies have shown that some shooting action games have an average sound level of 88.5 to 91.2 decibels. In some cases it reaches up to 119 decibels. Separate studies have shown that boys spend more time playing video games at higher volumes than girls. Research shows a link between gaming and hearing problems. The researchers acknowledged the need for more detailed studies.