Letter: Noisy music is dangerous to aural health

Sir: The health risks in loud discos and concerts are even worse than generally realised (letter, 24 April). Many people, usually the young, suffer life-long incurable tinnitus after being exposed to 120 decibels or more.

The fragile human ear is not built for such aural assaults, yet pop music promoters remain outside the sound safety laws which govern places of work. The constant roar of tinnitus is invisible and therefore ignored by governments, with no money being spent on research and treatment ignored in most NHS hospitals.

MICHAEL O'TOOLE

Director, Tinnitus Action

London SE18

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