Apple on Tuesday shared insights from Apple Hearing Research before today’s World Hearing Day. This study shares findings from long-term hearing health data collected with the participation of thousands of Apple Watch and iPhone users in the United States. Insights include how many people have daily average environmental sound exposures above the limits recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), how many people work in noisy workplaces, and average weekly earphone exposures. The company also shared some tips and tools on the occasion of World Hearing Day to better manage its hearing health.
The company detailed the findings of Apple’s hearing research in a blog post. This research was conducted through its research app by Apple in collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The research data is being shared with the World Health Organization’s “Ensure Hearing Safety” program. WHO estimates that by 2050, more than 700 million people worldwide will experience severe hearing problems.
Apple pointed out that a quarter of the participants in the study had an average daily environmental sound exposure higher than the limit recommended by the World Health Organization, and more than 50% of the participants are or have been working in noisy workplaces. The study also emphasized that for one in ten participants, the average earphone exposure per week was higher than the recommended limit of the World Health Organization. Apple said that 10% of participants were diagnosed with hearing loss by professionals, and only 25% used hearing aids or cochlear implants.
However, according to hearing data, according to WHO standards, 20% of participants are eligible for hearing loss, and 10% of them have signs of hearing loss consistent with noise exposure. In the past 10 years, almost half of the study participants have not tested their hearing. About a quarter of participants experience tinnitus several times a week, which may indicate hearing loss.
Apple pointed out in its blog post: “Hearing loss can affect a person’s health and well-being in many ways, such as reduced communication, loneliness, loneliness, and withdrawal.” It provides users with ways to avoid hearing loss in today’s world. method. This includes using the “Noise” app on the Apple Watch to understand the noise level of the environment and sound an alert when a safe sound level is exceeded. The “Health” app on the iPhone will similarly help the user by showing whether headphones or ambient noise have exceeded the safe level, while also tracking contact history.
Apple also warned users to listen to music and other media at the lowest possible volume to avoid the risk of hearing loss. The company also recommends regular visits to audiologists to check your hearing. The Apple blog article quoted Ren Minghui, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, as saying: “We encourage people to take appropriate measures to protect their hearing and seek care when needed.”
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