YCL worried about noisy taxis

2012-02-16 21:00
Johannesburg - Music blasting from noisy taxis and buses could cause a hearing loss "epidemic" among children, the Young Communist League in Gauteng warned on Thursday.

"Preliminary investigations have shown that the kids are not exposed to conditions of consistent noise except in transports that ferry them to and from schools in which high volumes of music are played," the YCL said in a statement.

However, the danger was not only of the four-wheel kind, as parents had also raised concerns that television could be at fault.

"It is highlighted that this has been detected in the households of the kids who frequently want television and radio volumes to be increased and messages to be repeated during conversations," said the YCL.

It would be writing to taxi associations to alert them to the audio damage they could be causing.

"We will also alert the Gauteng education department and request its intervention, including a detailed research project about this phenomenon, and curtail it before some sort of a hearing loss 'epidemic'... among young people - the future adult population.

"If this matter is not addressed with the urgency it deserves, sooner [rather] than later, our province and the whole country could find themselves faced with such a hearing loss 'epidemic'."

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