Friday, January 7, 2011

New Study states Driving a Convertible could Damage your Hearing

Driving a convertible car with the top down exemplifies the high life but feeling the wind in your hair could mean going deaf, experts have warned. The study examined noise levels in a handful of drop tops, like the Porsche 911, Nissan 350Z and Saab Aero and found that sound levels regularly exceeded the recommended work safety level of 85 decibels. Occasional spikes in noise levels due to increased speed or passing trucks pushed the sound to 90 db and above.
Drivers were warned to keep their hood up for long journeys or advised to don earplugs if they insisted on leaving the top down. The study, published in the Journal of Laryngology and Otology, also found that convertible drivers risked their hearing by turning up their radios while driving with the top down. It also advises that motorists keep the top up if the journey will be long and speeds will exceed 52 miles per hour.

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