Navigation Links
Riding With the Top Down May Put Hearing at Risk
Date:1/14/2011

FRIDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Riding in a convertible with the top down could damage your hearing, a new study warns.

U.S. researchers conducted sound level measurements using five different makes and models of convertibles. In 80 percent of the cars, noise levels were above 85 decibels (dB) when the top was down and the car was traveling at 55 miles per hour (mph) or faster.

Exposure to noise levels above 85 dB for prolonged periods is not recommended, according to the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

At 75 mph, the mean level of noise in a convertible with the top down was 89.9 dB, the study authors found. (No excess noise exposure was found when driving a convertible with the top up, researchers noted.)

During the sound measurements when the convertible top was down, the car radio was off, there was no conversation between occupants, air conditioning was off, the car horn was not used, and there was no rain or rough weather.

In addition to the noise caused by having the top down, people in convertibles can also be exposed to extreme noise spikes while driving, such as when they're beside a motorcycle or truck, noted Dr. Anthony A. Mikulec, of the department of otolaryngology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and colleagues.

And listening to music can be an issue too, because the volume levels required while driving a convertible with the top down significantly increased noise levels.

"In light of the results of this study, we are recommending that drivers be advised to drive with the top closed when traveling for extended periods of time at speeds exceeding [55 mph]," the researchers concluded in a news release.

The study was published in a recent online edition of the Journal of Laryngology and Otology.

More information

The American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery has more about noise and hearing loss.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Journal of Laryngology and Otology, news release, Jan. 6, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Bike-Riding Ability May Distinguish Atypical Parkinsons
2. At Any Age, Helmets Make Riding Safer
3. Individuals with partial hearing loss may benefit from hybrid cochlear implant
4. Hearing Loss Rising Among Teen Girls, Study Finds
5. Hearing Loss in Elderly May Be Linked to Folate Deficiency
6. Hearing loss common following radiation therapy for head and neck cancer
7. Film director launches pioneering hearing research
8. Newborn Hearing Tests More Effective Than Later Screening
9. Noise and chemicals: Workers are losing their hearing
10. 1 in 5 U.S. Teens Has Developed Hearing Loss
11. Deaf, hard-of-hearing students perform first test of sign language by cell phone
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Riding With the Top Down May Put Hearing at Risk
(Date:7/20/2017)... PITTSBURGH, PA (PRWEB) , ... July 20, 2017 , ... ... is of utmost importance. The adjustable beds used in such facilities are specially designed ... not feature adequate arm support. , An inventor from Rochester, Ind., has invented ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... , ... July 20, 2017 , ... ... to the development of non-invasive devices and systems for monitoring cardiopulmonary diseases, announced ... Proceeds will be used to complete regulatory submissions and fund final engineering and ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... ... that further expand its existing adherence automation lines. The ATP® Mini and ... advanced technology of TCG’s standard products, but at a size and price point ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... , ... July 20, 2017 , ... A budget proposal ... cost – of - living - adjustment (COLA) is a bad deal for older ... “chained” consumer price index (CPI) would grow even more slowly than the conventional one ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... , ... July 19, 2017 , ... At Creekwood Dental ... of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) treatment and dental implants in Waco, TX, using ... scanner and the T-Scan™ by Tekscan®, they can capture details in the oral cavity ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/10/2017)... 2017  BDI Group subsidiary Pathway Purchasing Network, ... organization serving specialty pharmacies, home infusion companies and ... significant, value-added member programs designed to help organizations ... and improve access and affordability for patients who ... Pathway has worked ...
(Date:7/5/2017)... Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral drug ... the Israel Securities Authority to dual-list its common stock on ... commence trading on the TASE on July 12, 2017 under ... the Company, it is expected that Oramed will be included ...
(Date:6/30/2017)... -- AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) announced the publication of new research in the ... its AVACEN Treatment Method to significantly reduce the widespread ... ... ... approximately 200 to 400 million people worldwide according to The National ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: