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London Underground noise could damage hearing, says academic

London Underground noise could damage hearing, says academic
From BBC - January 28, 2018

Parts of London Underground are "loud enough to damage people's hearing", the BBC has been told.

An academic says the Victoria Line service is on average the loudest while other noisy sections of the Tube equate to "being at a rock concert".

Parts of the Northern and Jubilee lines are so loud they would require hearing protection if they were workplaces.

Transport for London (TfL) says the noise is "highly unlikely" to cause long-term damage to hearing.

Using noise meters supplied by the University College London (UCL), the BBC took one week to record sound levels in zones one and two.

The loudest recorded Underground journey through central London was between Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green, which peaked at 109 decibels - louder than a helicopter taking off nearby.

Dr Joe Sollini, of UCL's Ear Institute, analysed the BBC's data and said "it was concerning" as any sounds in a workplace at or above 85 decibels would require hearing protection.

"Hearing loss accumulates over our lifetime," he said.

"If someone was on a noisy Tube line every day for long journeys, it is perfectly possible this could increase the risk of hearing loss and potentially tinnitus."

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