NYC Mayor Bloomberg Wants to Protect New Yorker's Hearing
Mayor Bloomberg wants New Yorkers to turn the music down in their headphones to protect their hearing.
The city is launching a social media campaign to educate young people about the dangers of cranking- up their iPods.
Government health surveys show hearing loss rose 30% among teens between 1988 and 2006.
Jessica Galatioto is with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. She says raising awareness could make a difference.
“The average person does not understand hearing loss. They don’t understand that once hearing loss occurs it does not reverse. It’s permanent. It’s a permanent chronic condition that could not be fixed. We have to prevent it,” said Galatioto.
Nicole Johnson from upper Manhattan says the mayor should focus on reducing bus noise not earbuds.
“If you’re putting money towards raising awareness why not put money towards doing something about the problem that we as individuals can’t do anything about. That is the job of the government,” said Johnson.
The city Health Department has not finalized the cost or scope of the media campaign. Officials plan to use public and private money.