Noisy New York a threat to health

2010-10-28 07:53

New York was still such a noisy city that its inhabitants could suffer from significant hearing loss in coming years, according to a study made public yesterday.

Presented at a conference of the New York Academy of Medicine, the study found that 98% of noise measurements taken were at levels harmful to human health.

“Ninety-eight percent of the noise levels of public spaces in New York City exceeded recommended community noise levels. Even oases of quiet had high noise levels,” the study said.

In 60 sites in Manhattan known for high noise levels (above 70 decibels), experts sampled noise levels every 10 minutes from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

Using the measurements, they made a sound map of Manhattan that pinpoints the city’s noisiest locations, including Times Square, Broadway and some areas of the Upper East Side.

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