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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 13  |  Page : 1--16

Ear damage caused by leisure noise

1 Klinik für HNO-Krankheiten, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany
2 Umweltbundesamt, Institut für Wasser-, Boden- und Lufthygiene, Berlin, Germany
3 Vorsitzender des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats der Bundesärztekammer, Köln, Germany
4 Institut für Arbeits- und Sozialmedizin, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
5 Universitätsklinik für HNO-Heilkunde, Prosper-Hospital, Recklinghausen, Germany
6 Klinik und Poliklinik für Hals-Nasen-Ohrenheilkunde der Universitätskliniken des Saarlandes, Germany
7 Institut für Arbeitsmedizin und Hygiene, Medizinische Fakultät, "Otto von Guericke"-Universität Magdeburg., Germany
8 Institut für Physiologie I, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
9 HNO-Klinik, Städtisches Klinikum, Karlsruhe, Germany
10 Institut für Arbeitsmedizin, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

Correspondence Address:
M Maassen
Klinik für HNO-Krankheiten, Eberhard-Karls- Universität, Silcherstr. 5, 72076 Tübingen
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Noise is a health risk. Recent findings suggest that leisure noise is a substantial danger especially to children, teenagers and young adults. Epidemiological studies of teenagers with no occupational noise exposure show an increasing number with a substantial and measurable irreversible inner ear damage. This is basically due to the wide spread exposition to very loud toys (pistols and squibs), crackers and exposure to electronically amplified music, e.g. from personal cassette players (PCP), at discos or concerts etc. Protection against irreversible ear damage by leisure noise has an important impact in preventive medical care. Therefore the general public must be informed that loud leisure activities may cause damage to the ear. In order to protect children, young people and adults, the legislature ought to set limits for sound levels in discos, concert halls and for music equipment and toys by establishing the necessary standards and regulations.


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