Apple has released the results of a hearing health study

A couple of years ago, Apple announced a new initiative called Research, an app that collected data about health collected from Apple Watch and iPhones. It focused on four things: heart health, women’s health, movement/exercise, and hearing.

This week, the results of the hearing study were released just in time for World Hearing Day. The study brought in the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Why hearing? Because so many people listen to music via Apple devices and increasingly though Apple earbuds and headphones.

The study involved “thousands” of Americans. Here’s a summary:

  • One-quarter of participants are exposed to volume levels of all kinds (including environmental, not just music) that’s above the recommended daily limit laid down by the World Health Organization.
  • 50% of the people in the survey work in a loud environment. (Interesting, considering how many people are working from home these days.)
  • 10% went beyond the weekly limit while listening through headphones.

More at Techcrunch.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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