Experts: Hearing affected by loud subway cars

Experts suggest wearing ear plugs while on subway platforms.

Experts suggest wearing ear plugs while on subway platforms. (9/30/13)

THE BRONX - Experts say the decibels reached in New York City subways are enough to hurt hearing.

According to written reports by am New York and other online studies, the sounds of subways rolling into stations are slowly making commuters deaf.

News 12 conducted its own nonscientific study using free apps to measure decibel levels on subway platforms. When a subway rolled in, noise levels reached 100 decibels.

In a statement, the MTA says it’s been working to reduce subway noise for decades since the 1970s. A spokesperson says the agency has installed noise-absorbing barriers and has used special wheels to cut down on sound.

Experts suggest wearing ear plugs while on subway platforms.

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