Report: Hazardous Noise Levels Abound in NYC

Federal rules require employers to make ear protection and hearing tests available to workers exposed to 85-decibels for eight hours or more

Saturday, Jul 21, 2012  |  Updated 11:03 AM EDT
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Report: Hazardous Noise Levels Abound in NYC

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Some restaurants and bars around New York City are so loud, you may want to wear headphones

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Jackhammers. Roaring trains. Honking cabs. Everyone knows New York is loud.

But tests show that just walking into a clothing store in the city can expose people to noise levels so dangerous, workers would normally be required by law to have earplugs.
 
The New York Times says it measured the decibel level at 37 city restaurants, bars, shops and gyms and found potentially hazardous noise levels at one-third of them.
 
Ear-splitting locations included a spinning class at a Manhattan gym, where the noise averaged 100 decibels, and an Abercrombie & Fitch store where the music pumped at 88 decibels.
 
Federal rules require employers to make ear protection and hearing tests available to workers exposed to 85-decibels for eight hours or more.

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