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Loud Music Causes Hearing Loss

I recently read an article regarding zumba and music blasting through speakers.

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. The big unfortunate thing is, once hearing is gone it cannot be brought back. Sure, you can get helpful, but annoying and expensive, hearing aids.

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.

Paul Drnjevic

Bremerton

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