Via Juliette Tworsey on NYCCLASH (my added emphases):
NEW ORLEANS – Today, the New Orleans Health Department will launch a public health education initiative called Sound Check, which aims to reduce the level of harmful sounds that can adversely affect public health. Sound Check will engage residents, businesses, workers, performers and visitors to protect the overall health of the entire community by educating the public on how to accurately measure sound levels and how prolonged exposure to loud sound can lead to permanent hearing loss and other health issues.
A team from the Health Department’s Healthy Environments program will begin working with stakeholders to make recommendations on the length of time one can spend listening to sound based on decibel levels, perform demonstrations revealing the relationship between perceived and actual decibel levels, advise ways to protect peoples’ health in potentially dangerous sound conditions and provide information on how to seek help if one has sound-related health issues. The team will also start taking baseline sound measurements to determine the effect this campaign will have on decibel levels.
In 2013, the New Orleans City Council tasked the Health Department with addressing the issues around sound in the French Quarter and Marigny neighborhoods. The Sound Check initiative is the start of that work.
Bound to start sooner or later, the War on Electric Music. It’s a logical extension of the war on smoking, drinking, eating, and generally having any kind of fun at all. Find a negligible ‘health risk’ somewhere, and then gradually inflate it into a monstrous bogey.
They’ll probably come up with ‘safe’ decibel sound levels, with fines for exceeding them. The ‘safe’ levels will then get steadily lower and lower.
There will be a whole raft of ‘scientific’ studies of music-related disorders, particularly in relation to heart arrhythmia.
It will become impossible to hold stadium rock concerts. And then it will become impossible to have any amplified music at all anywhere.
People will start worrying about the secondhand music that leaks out of theatres and clubs, and its ‘health impacts’ on ‘vulnerable’ social groups (i.e. chiiildren).
The golden age of electric music will come to an end, as it’s regulated out of existence.