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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

The Acoustical Society of America meeting took place from June 8-10 this year. At a special session on non-occupational noise exposure and hearing loss, my noise colleague Jan Mayes presented one paper and I presented another.

Jan’s paper on “Personal Audio System Use Can Harm Auditory Health” was selected to be features in a press conference early on June 10. At Jan’s request, I handled the press conference. That led to literally worldwide publicity, the 15 minutes of fame predicted by Andy Warhol.

Here are some of the links to media coverage:

I hope parents and grandparents take heed and understand that personal audio system use can cause hearing loss and tinnitus.

Looking for a safe personal audio system is like looking for a safe cigarette. They won’t find one!