Very Loud Ringing In Ears
The decibel levels at many nightclubs, pop, jazz and rock concerts would be illegal if they occurred at places of work, as you can see from the list of the decibel scores of different sources of noise given earlier. It's unfortunate that, until recently, no regulations applied to the leisure industry as, if they had, there would be far less tinnitus and hearing loss resulting from this cause.
It was a strange state of affairs, though, that, until recently, employees at nightclubs were more protected than the customers they were there to serve and please. Thankfully, the 2006 noise regulations apply as much to the entertainment industry as they do to the workplace, the former of which, interestingly, tried to exempt itself and failed. The entertainment industry has until the end of 2007 to comply. I imagine that audiences and those who like going to such clubs will kick up a fuss when they realize just how much the volume at their entertainment venues will need to be reduced. Continue reading