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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention

Loud noises are everyone--from blaring MP3 players, to jet planes to the Vuvuzelas at the World Cup Soccer tournament! Did any of you watch the World Cup? Those Vuvuzelas were really annoying and I can imagine they were really loud there on the field. I found this great paragraph that describes them:

Vuvuzelas have been compared to a heard of stampeding elephants, the drone of a thousand bees, or the sound of a goat being dragged to slaughter—and they are the latest craze at the World Cup. On the NIOSH Science Blog, we discuss the potential for hearing problems at World Cup matches and other recreational activities where loud noise is present.

Also on the NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) web site is a really fun noise meter that has the decibel levels of some very common things. It's amazing how loud some of them are! Check it out here: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/abouthlp/noisemeter_flash/soundMeter_flash.html

NIOSH also has some great hearing loss prevention information that everyone should check out since loud noises are everywhere. Here is their web site: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/default.html

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