In a city full of sounds, beeps, and screeches, peace and quiet can be tough to come by.
The NYC Health Department is in the early stages of creating a public health campaign pointing out the health impacts of too much noise. Reports are Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to encourage people to begin by turning down headphones and earphones.
Details of any new possible regulation or recommendation have not been released. This is the latest in the Mayor’s health initiatives, which also include calorie counts on menus, a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces and smoking in parks.
A health department spokesperson says it is “aiming to better inform and educate New Yorkers about ways to protect hearing from exposure to loud sounds. With public and private support, a public education campaign is being developed to raise awareness about safe use of personal music players and risks of loud and long listening.”
Statistics show hearing loss is on the rise.