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Hey, NYC! The mayor has his fingers on your volume control

By New York Post

Now listen up, if you can.

Mayor Bloomberg - who has already cracked down on smoking, trans fats, salt and super-sized drinks - is embarking on a new crusade: preventing New Yorkers from going deaf.

Hizzoner's health officials are planning a social-media campaign to warn young people about the risk of losing their hearing from listening to music at high volume on personal MP3 players, The Post has learned.

"With public and private support, a public-education campaign is being developed to raise awareness about safe use . . . and risks of loud and long listening," said Nancy Clark, the city Health Department's assistant commissioner of environmental-disease prevention.

The campaign, which will cost $250,000, is being financed through a grant received from the Fund for Public Health, the Health Department's fund-raising arm.

The Hearing Loss Prevention Media Campaign will target teens and young adults, conducting focus-group interviews and using social- media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Bloomberg has had a bug about ear-splitting rackets since taking office at City Hall, making noise reduction one of his key quality- of-life initiatives.

In 2005, he signed a law - "Operation Silent Night" - overhauling the noise code. It cracked down on jolting jackhammer sounds at construction sites and on music blaring out of clubs, helping "make New York quieter and more liveable."

But the new initiative is more personal.

The iPod generation is the first to use "buds" that are inserted directly into the ears. And modern music players are more of a threat to hearing than the Sony Walkman of the 1980s, experts say.

The new players hold thousands of songs and have longer-life batteries, which results in more extended and high-volume listening, health experts said.

An iPod at maximum volume reaches 115 decibels. Research says 85 decibels is safe.

Hearing loss skyrocketed 30 percent among teens between 1988 and 2006, according to data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

City officials declined comment on whether they will turn to famous musicians to help get the message out. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has partnered with Sting to encourage people to get their hearing tested.

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Originally published by Carl Campanile.

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  1. 7papa7Comment by 7papa7
    March 7, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    To anyone in NY city, why in God’s name haven’t you recalled this anti American, Constitution hating moron? Can’t you see that he is taking away all your freedoms and liberties one at a time at warp speed? Is there nothing that he can take away from you that will cause you to act? Please for your sake recall this moron or you may never ever see your freedoms again. You are letting him lay the groundwork for your destruction. The next mayor may very possible take nanny Bloomberg has done even further.

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  2. gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
    March 7, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    Good ole Bloomy. He is sure good at spending other peoples money, whilst he sits on HIS Billions, and the Jewish state is on TV, ‘passing the hat’ to keep people from starving to death during their Holiday.

    And, by the way, much of his billions was made at the time NY begged for financial aide from us dumb taxpayers.

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  3. mach37Comment by mach37
    March 7, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    This is one Bloomberg crusade I applaud. I wish more people would use ear buds instead of “entertaining” a 200 foot radius around their cars with wall-shaking volume from their woofers. The walls of my house literally shake from the booming from cars passing by after school lets out each day. I live in a small town, and the city cops apparently are reluctant to stop their neighbors kids (and maybe their own?) by enforcing the local noise regs.

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