Apple iPod can blast music at 115 decibels. To be safe, sound must be heard at no higher than 85 decibels. Dr. Won Choe of ENT& Allergy said that earbuds, like the kind that come with Apple devices, are the most damaging. Dr. Choe says that to play it safe, you should keep the volume below 70 or 80 decibels. And since earbuds don't have good sound isolation, they try to drive out background noise by using louder volume. The Doctor recommends the more expensive noise-cancelling headphones, which he says are better for the user’s hearing and would be his choice for those who listen to music while commuting.
While stats show that between 1988 and 2006 hearing loss increased 30 percent among teenagers and young adults, those in that demographic basically want the mayor to mind his own business. One even said that the Mayor should "bud out" of this issue. Sounds like a pun almost worthy of us.
"I play them like not fully, like I put it all the way to the max and bring it down at least two times, that’s it. Just enough to hear the beat. I just like it."-Anthony Rivera said.
"I use it on my iPhone so I can hear clearly like the movie and stuff, but I don’t really blast my headphones like that. I keep it at a medium, that way I can hear everything that’s going on around me."-Julian Lawrence.
Mayor Bloomberg's campaign is being financed through a grant from the Fund for Public Health, the Department of Health’s fund raising division.
source: WCBS via TUAW