25% of UK workforce at risk of noise induced hearing loss

Noise

In a survey of 2000 UK workers, Limitear found that the nation's workers listen to an average of 110 minutes of audio in the workplace, and a further 92 minutes outside of work hours. In total, an estimated 7.6m people are exposed to over 3.5 hours of reproduced sound each day. European regulations stipulate that workers should not be exposed to average noise levels of more than 85dB, equivalent to busy city traffic from a kerbside, over an eight hour period. However, when listening to an MP3