New York City Tells Music Listeners To Turn Down Blasting Earbud Volume

Posted By Urban News Hour | March 7, 2013

Syracuse, N.Y. — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants people to turn down the volume of music blasting through their earbuds.

Bloomberg has carved out a reputation as a public health crusader. He has already cracked down on smoking, junk food, trans fats and super-sized sugary drinks.

The New York Post reports Bloomberg’s administration now plans a social media campaign to warn young people about the risk of losing their hearing from listening to music at high volume on personal MP3 players.

“With public and private support, a public education campaign is being developed to raise awareness about safe use of personal music players . . . and risks of loud and long listening,” Nancy Clark of the city Health Department said in the Post story.

The Hearing Loss Prevention Media Campaign will target teens and young adults, conducting focus-group interviews and using social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The iPod generation is the first to use “buds” that are inserted directly into the ears. modern music players are more of a threat to hearing than the Sony Walkman of the 1980s, experts say.

The new players hold thousands of songs and have longer-life batteries, which results in more extended and high-volume listening, health experts said.

An iPod at maximum volume reaches 115 decibels. Research says 85 decibels is safe.

Hearing loss skyrocketed 30 percent among teens between 1988 and 2006, according to data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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