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HEARING LOSS: Turn down the volume

Letter by N. Paul Drnjevic, Bremerton on Aug. 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm | 1 Comment »
August 9, 2010 9:07 am

I have a hearing loss caused by industrial noise. I want to help others avoid hearing loss.

Loud music – such as I have heard at Zumba sessions – will cause hearing loss the same as industrial noise. And may leave the providers open to lawsuits. Hearing goes away little by little, hardly noticeable – but once it’s gone, it cannot be brought back. Sure, you can get helpful hearing aids, but they’re annoying and expensive.

Loud music anywhere – home, Ipods, portable music players, cars, bars, rock concerts, etc., can and will cause hearing loss.

So where is a campaign by hearing aid manufacturers and sellers (audiologists) warning of the hearing dangers of loud music? And the sellers of amplifier systems – especially for cars?

For centuries music was not loud but was enjoyed and people could talk – not shout – during a dance or at a restaurant.

So parents, teachers, people in authority: Let’s save our younger generations from having to use hearing aids. Get the music toned down to a sensible level – less than 85 decibels.

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