Beware of music that is too loud for children’s ears

Beware of music that is too loud for children’s ears

ENT specialists take advantage of the week of sound to warn about the risks of deafness in children. France 3 takes stock of the dangers of sound.

While we are in the middle of the sound week (from January 19 to 25 in Paris, until February 8 elsewhere), France 3 returns to the dangers caused by too loud music.
The La Cigale concert hall systematically offers earplugs for children. Here, the maximum sound level allowed is 105 decibels, the equivalent of an ambulance siren.

Long-term risks

Christian Hugonnet, acoustic engineer, often warns about current music “Compressed”, “Packed up”, and is based on the Stromae tube “Then we dance”, whose sound curve is linear unlike the voice: “The ear needs to go to the strong levels and the weak levels. If you always put strong levels on her, she will get used to only listening to strong levels. And in the end, she will no longer be used to looking for these low levels ”.
Julien Briffod, pediatric ENT doctor, warns once again about the short and long-term risks of a high level: “There is a sound attack which will weaken the cells, without inducing deafness within 24 hours, but several years later”.
Some artists have taken the lead: Tal’s concerts, for example, no longer exceed 90 decibels.