NYC Health Dept. warns about loud music in headphones - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

NYC Health Dept. warns about loud music in headphones

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

City health officials are trying to get the word out that listening to loud music in headphones can cause serious hearing damage.

On busy city streets and below in the subways -- there's no way around it.

"It's a noisy city," said one New Yorker.

"There's a lot of noise. The cars and everything," added another New Yorker.

To drown out the sounds of the city, some of us plug in headphones and crank up the volume -- you know they type standing next to them and you can hear their music blaring.

"I feel sorry for them," said one pedestrian. "In a few years they'll be in trouble."

Trouble is already here. A new study from the health department says one in four adults under the age of 44 who blast their head phones regularly have hearing problems.

"You have to do something to tune it out but not to the point you have to endanger yourself."

Sound pressure is measured in decibels. For example on a New York City street corner, the decibel level average is about 85. Down below on a subway -- it's between 90 to 115.

When you crank up headphones to full blast, it's about 112.

"If you take a look at what's dangerous to our hearing -- the 85 decibels," said Dr. Craig Kasper, Chief Audiology Officer for New York Hearing Doctors.

Audiologist Dr. Craig Kasper says exposure over 85 decibels eight hours at a time can be extremely be dangerous to your hearing but even for regular usage -- he urges caution.

"I would never listen to 100 percent of the volume the long term effects of that are horrible."

He says it's best to set those headphones at 60 percent or below and give those ears a break.

  • HealthMore>>

  • Aire Ancient Baths

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:29:51 GMT
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
  • NY brothers invent machine that makes CPR easier

    NY brothers invent machine that makes CPR easier

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:40:57 GMT
    Only 10 percent of people who get CPR from a bystander actually survive. But two young men in Westchester County have now patented a device that could dramatically increase those odds and save lives. John and Chris DiCapua's sitting room in their parents' Westchester County home has had a unique guest lying around for quite a while now: a CPR dummy. What began as an idea from their time as Boy Scouts is now a device that could potentially save lives.
    Only 10 percent of people who get CPR from a bystander actually survive. But two young men in Westchester County have now patented a device that could dramatically increase those odds and save lives. John and Chris DiCapua's sitting room in their parents' Westchester County home has had a unique guest lying around for quite a while now: a CPR dummy. What began as an idea from their time as Boy Scouts is now a device that could potentially save lives.
  • 'Fist bump' may beat handshake for cleanliness

    'Fist bump' may beat handshake for cleanliness

    British researchers report that an alternative to the traditional handshake might spread far fewer germs around.
    British researchers report that an alternative to the traditional handshake might spread far fewer germs around.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices