Listening to music without adhering to safe decibel limits can cause irreversible hearing damage, says a poll conducted by a Scottish charity.
It says the high volume of iPods and MP3 players ups the chance of tinnitus. One out of 10 people across the UK get tinnitus daily that includes "light buzzing" and "constant roar" in ears and head, said Campaign group Action on Hearing Loss.
DJ and record producer Paul Oakenfold has asked people to use ear defenders to gigs and not play music at high volume on personal music players.
Fifty per cent of those surveyed said they listened to music for between one and six hours a day which accounts for up to a third of their waking day. But one in five never cared to take any extra measure to protect their hearing.
Paul Breckell, chief executive of Action on Hearing Loss, said, "Listening to loud music for a long time can trigger tinnitus and is an indication of damaged hearing. Most people have experienced tinnitus, but those who are severely affected can experience fear, anxiety and feelings of helplessness that affect their quality of life."
The study also revealed that after youngsters do not understand the risks of attending a night out. It also said that almost 70 per cent of them suffered from ringing in their ears or dulled hearing after a night out and this increased their risk of getting tinnitus.