Rink noise can be un­healthy

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL - Gor­don Poole North Syd­ney

I am writ­ing about the cam­paign at Cen­tre 200 in Syd­ney to in­crease at­ten­dance at hockey games. Free ad­mis­sion is be­ing of­fered to chil­dren un­der a cer­tain age.

The sound gen­er­ated at the hockey games seems to have got­ten louder each year and now it is at the point that the an­nounce­ments and music are in­audi­ble.

The Cana­dian stan­dard for sound lev­els in the work­place is 75 deci­bels – and that is for a short time. The sound – rather noise – at hockey games has been mea­sured as high as 107 deci­bels – and this is for most of the night. The only time when it is plea­sur­able is when the teams are ac­tu­ally play­ing hockey.

Re­cently, on CBC ra­dio, an ex­pert talked about loud sounds and the ef­fect they have on the body. The speaker said you pro­tect your eyes, your body and your breath­ing so why not your hear­ing? Hear­ing loss most of the time is grad­ual and you don’t no­tice un­til it’s too late. But when the dam­age is done, it usu­ally can’t be fixed.

I feel that plac­ing chil­dren and young adults in that sit­u­a­tion just to get a larger at­ten­dance will harm them for the rest of their lives.

I was a sea­son-ticket holder for years and en­joyed at­tend­ing hockey games with my son. I com­plained many times about the ab­surd sound lev­els and I was told that: “If you don’t like it, you know what you can do.”

Well, I did.

There is an old rule in busi­ness that it is 10 times harder to get new cus­tomers than it is to keep an old one.

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