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GAMERS: Bad posture? K*k diet? NOPE! Here’s the real health risk when gaming!

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It was a good night! You spent the whole evening gaming! As not to keep anyone else up, you used headphones!

But it’s sleepy time now…

You put your head on the pillow and “tseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…”

I’m sure the ringing in your ears will go away, after all, it did last time!

But when you wake up, go to work, come back home, and eventually lay your head down for the night again… “tseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…”

It just WON’T go away!!!

Congrats friend! You have Tinnitus.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus

There are multiple causes of Tinnitus, but the main cause, plain and simple, loud ass noise!!!

14 studies on hearing loss, involving over 50 000 people were done. And of those studies, quite a few found a correlation between gaming, and hearing loss!

Lets go a bit into the science of this:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) says that adults can be exposed to 80 decibels (dB) of noise for about 40 hours a week. This level of noise would be comparable to a busy street, a vacuum cleaner or a typical doorbell going off.
  • This is where gaming kicks in as a problem, as studies found that the average level of noise in headphones for four popular shooting games is between 88.5 and 91.2dB, otherwise known as too freaking high to be hearing on a regular basis.
  • It gets even worse when gamers are actually getting into the action of the game, as some shooting noises were recorded as reaching noises of up to 119dB.
  • It’s also bad news for gamer guys as well, as according to the studies they were more likely to play for longer and with the volume louder.

If there is one little shining light in this whole thing, the paper’s authors recommend more research be done in this direction as some of the studies they looked at were done in the 90s.

I disagree, it should be common knowledge: Loud = Ouchy Ears. Prolonged loud = Prolonged Ouchy ears! No studies needed!

I know it’s tough coz my goodness, being immersed in all that action, with the epic soundtrack… but the solution is simple:

TURN YOUR HEADPHONES DOWN!!!

Written by: Jacques

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