12-Decibel Reduction Isn’t Enough I just read “Minneapolis Requires Free Earplugs at Live Music Venues”. The earplugs must reduce the noise by 12 decibels. The measure initially called for at least 30 decibels’ reduction. I can’t believe I’m the only person who thinks this is the most stupid thing I’ve seen in years. Did ... Inbox
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12-Decibel Reduction Isn’t Enough
The ASHA Leader, October 2014, Vol. 19, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.19102014.4
The ASHA Leader, October 2014, Vol. 19, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.19102014.4
I just read “Minneapolis Requires Free Earplugs at Live Music Venues”. The earplugs must reduce the noise by 12 decibels. The measure initially called for at least 30 decibels’ reduction.
I can’t believe I’m the only person who thinks this is the most stupid thing I’ve seen in years. Did it not occur to anyone to just require those 185 bars, clubs and performance venue to reduce the volume of their amplifiers by 30 decibels?
Also, just how much improvement is a 12-decibel reduction?
Dumb, dumb, dumb!!!
Ruth R. Berg, Conroe, Texas

Thank you for writing and sharing your thoughts on this issue. For more information about the Minneapolis ordinance, see bit.ly/earplugs-minn.

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