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  Life   Health  23 Nov 2017  Here's why you need to protect your ears when using public transport

Here's why you need to protect your ears when using public transport

Published : Nov 23, 2017, 3:38 pm IST
Updated : Nov 23, 2017, 3:38 pm IST

Canadian researchers explain the surprising impact it has on our health

Representational Image. (Photo: Pexels)
 Representational Image. (Photo: Pexels)

Noise can have a deadly impact on our health, Canadian researchers have discovered.

Repeated exposure to noise levels when using public transport increases commuters chances of deafness and depression, the Daily Mail reported.

Researchers discovered the impact when measuring noise exposure on public transport. While they did find that noise on average was within the recommended levels, "bursts of loud noise" even on private modes still places people at risk of hearing loss, the report revealed.

"Short, intense noise exposure has been demonstrated to be as injurious as longer, less intense noise exposure," study author Dr. Vincent Lin, of the University of Toronto in Canada told the Daily Mail. Adding, "We were surprised at the overall average noise exposure commuters experience on a daily basis, especially the peak noise intensity not only on trains but also on buses."

He further explained: "We now are starting to understand that chronic excessive noise exposure leads to significant systemic pathology, such as depression, anxiety, increased risk of chronic diseases and increased accident risk."

Due to the study's findings, researchers urge people to wear hearing protection gear and focus on material and equipment that could control the noise.

The study was originally published in the Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.

Tags: depression, hearing loss, public transport, noise, health, mental health, deafness