Modern MP3 players and mobile telephones are under scrutiny of the Ministry of Technology and Research for possible damages that could incur to the human ear in a long-term use and reduce the audibility.
Having conducted several researches, Ministry has launched a public program that will educate the hazardous condition from such personal electronic equipment.
Minister of Technology and Research Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi stated that most of the low priced personal music players and mobile telephones provide facilities to listen to music or radio while creating a considerable health hazard.
“Institute of Technical Science conducted some experiments during the recent past. It was revealed that these personal electronic equipments generate sound that exceeds 85dB. In some cases some music players were loud as 102dB although the maximum should not exceed 85dB.
Some 14 million Sri Lankans are using mobile phones due to the recent improvement of social conditions and living standards. People should consider more in using personal electronic equipments in a sensible way, rather making it a threat to them,” explained Minister Wanniarachchi to Asian Tribune.
According to Institute of Technical Science, public should be aware in buying MP3 and mobile phones with music player or a radio when offered at low price. These low priced personal music players have little safety controls.
Using an artificial ear, several experiments were carried out by Institute of Technical Science on the personal electronic equipment available in Sri Lanka. Having considered the results the researchers recommend the users to limit volume of such devices less than 50%.
“When the human ear gets exposed to loud noises or sounds, the tendency is very high that it gets blocked. Although the block is removed using medications the chances are less to see 100% recovery of hearing,” said Research Officer Ananda Pannila said. (Asian Tribune)