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Ontario youth listening to music at dangerous levels: survey

Ontario youth listening to music at dangerous levels: survey

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About 30 per cent of Ontario high school students are listening to music at dangerous levels which could lead to long-term hearing damage, a new survey has found.

The results were released as part of the Youth Listening Summit, where 145 high school students from across the province were asked to measure the level of their peer's music using sound meters.

The Hearing Foundation of Canada, which organized the summit, found that 30 per cent of students were listening at levels at or above 91 decibels for an average time of 2.9 hours a day.

Researches say that sort of exposure can cause permanent long-term damage.

Funding for the project came from a 16-month, $210,000 grant from a provincial government agency.
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pfft...
If it's not car stereos, it'll be mp3 players. Simple as that. In fact, it's worse with those because of the ear bud headphones which go directly to your ears. You'd be amazed at how loud some people listen to their music. I never blast mine unless I'm in a car, and even then I don't like it too loud just so I can make sure I can hear cars around me if I need to.
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:23 PM
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The testing criteria and sample size are laughable at best.

Measure your Friends sound levels? Teenagers? Gee, they wouldn't try to outdo one another now would they?

No control group.
No controlled environment (car different than living room).
Small sample size.
Sustained DB or peaks?

Looks like another "lets spend the money so our surplus budget isn't chopped off next years budget" crapola study.
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I'm curious as to why they did the study? Do they plan on imposing some kind of limit to volume, and the length of time one can be subjected to it?

Extreme volume isn't a necessity. Music only has to be loud enough to be audible. But volume can make it more enjoyable. Pounding bass can get your adrenaline pumping.

As we get older, I think we're less inclined to enjoy all that volume anyway. Unfortunately, the damage has already been done.

Does any one know if they've suffered some hearing loss already? I've been listening to my stereo loud for the past 9 years. Mind you, I've never had the volume measured, but I'm sure its over 91dB's. But I think my hearing is fine.
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Well lets hope they don't add more laws...

Apparently tomorrow, young drivers (under 21) can't speed or they loose their license, no more tickets. Also, people with G2 licenses, can only have 1 teenage passenger, no more unless they are relatives. Also, no alcohol whatsoever, but I already thought that was the rule.
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Originally Posted by TragicMagic View Post
Does any one know if they've suffered some hearing loss already? I've been listening to my stereo loud for the past 9 years. Mind you, I've never had the volume measured, but I'm sure its over 91dB's. But I think my hearing is fine.
Yes, although difficult to attribute strictly to music, loud or otherwise.

-Many, many concerts.
-Lifetime of Bullseye shooting.
-Constant target shooting.
-Hunting.
-Loud music.
-25 yrs in Machine Shops
-Hereditary?
-Age.

Who knows where to pin it, but its about 30% gone in both ears. High frequencies are the most difficult to hear now, but any low background noise (machinery, droning plane, etc) makes it very hard to hear anything at all, especially conversation.

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I want to know who is only hitting 91 dB?
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The guy who is "Tired of Hearing the Solo X's as the Loudest Sub on the Planet."
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I'm not a teen... but hell yeah I'm listening to music at a dangerous level...
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Originally Posted by TragicMagic View Post

Does any one know if they've suffered some hearing loss already? I've been listening to my stereo loud for the past 9 years. Mind you, I've never had the volume measured, but I'm sure its over 91dB's. But I think my hearing is fine.
I'll have to put my hand up for this one. Loud music is bad for you. But I'm not talking about 91 db levels tho.
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