A QUARTER of people under the age of 25 are putting their hearing at risk of long-term damage by listening to music at high levels.
A new survey revealed that the average noise level on MP3 players and other devices was as high as 75 decibels, while more than three-quarters of respondents listened to music for more than two hours per day.
This exceeds the '60/60' rule, which states that people should listen to music through headphones for a maximum period of 60 minutes at 60 decibels.
Just 37pc of respondents said they were likely to adhere to this rule, while a further 16pc had noise levels on or above 95 decibels, which is known to cause long-term harm.
The survey was conducted by Behaviour and Attitudes for hearing aid providers Hidden Hearing for Hearing Awareness Week, from April 7 to 11.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing advised: "Don't block out loud noises around you by increasing the volume."
A free information event takes place in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin from 9am on April 7, hosted by Joe Duffy.