Next Bloomberg Health Crusade: Cranked Earphones

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013  |  Updated 6:11 PM PDT
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City health officials plan to warn young people that they risk hearing loss from listening to music at high volume on personal music players. Roseanne Colletti reports.

Roseanne Colletti

City health officials plan to warn young people that they risk hearing loss from listening to music at high volume on personal music players. Roseanne Colletti reports.

Add cranked-up earphones to the list of health dangers Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants New Yorkers to quit.
 
The New York Post says city health officials plan to warn young people that they risk hearing loss from listening to music at high volume on personal music players.

 
The campaign will target teens and young adults using social media like Facebook and Twitter.
 
The Health Department said in a statement they're "aiming to better inform and educate New Yorkers about ways to protect hearing from exposure to loud sounds."
 
Music players that use "buds" inserted into the ears pose a greater threat to hearing than older devices. Government health surveys show hearing loss rose 30 percent among teens between 1988 and 2006.
 
The Fund for Public Health is providing a $250,000 grant for the campaign.
 
Bloomberg previously cracked down on smoking, junk food, trans fats and salt. His ban on extra-large sugary drinks takes effect March 12.

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