Deep Cover at the Movies—How Noisy are They? Can you do anything fun anymore without putting your hearing health at risk? Attending sporting events, and concerts, listening to your stereo, mowing the lawn... Wait a minute. Who said mowing the lawn was fun? Puttering in the workshop can be a hair cell raising experience. It seems even ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 1998
Deep Cover at the Movies—How Noisy are They?
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  • James Dean
    Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona-Tucson
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Article   |   June 01, 1998
Deep Cover at the Movies—How Noisy are They?
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, June 1998, Vol. 5, 3. doi:10.1044/hcoa5.1.3
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, June 1998, Vol. 5, 3. doi:10.1044/hcoa5.1.3
Can you do anything fun anymore without putting your hearing health at risk? Attending sporting events, and concerts, listening to your stereo, mowing the lawn... Wait a minute. Who said mowing the lawn was fun? Puttering in the workshop can be a hair cell raising experience. It seems even the great American dating pastime of eating popcorn and snuggling at the movies is in jeopardy of being labeled an auditorily hazardous event. Say it ain't so! That spine tingling digital surround sound technology that makes me feel like my head is being sucked into a Boeing 757 jet engine during an Arnold Swartzenager film is half the reason I like to go to the movies. Is the great American pastime an auditory hazard? Should parents be calling after their children “wear your knee pads and put on a helmet when you skate board to the theater. Oh yeah, DON'T FORGET YOUR EARPLUGS FOR THE MOVIE AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A NOISE REDUCTION RATING OF AT LEAST 28 DB.” Helmet? Sure. Knee pads? Maybe. Ear plugs? Hmm, I don't know. Are they really necessary?
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