"NEED A PSA RE: LOUD MUSIC ON AIGA BUSES"
An example of a really good public service announcement that I see from time to time on the government run TV station (KVZK) is the one concerning the prevention of dengue fever by cleaning up the rubbish around one's property where rain water can collect, creating the perfect breading grounds for mosquitoes. Whoever put that together did a really good job of educating the public on the cause and effect of a public health problem. I believe there is both a Samoan and English version of that public service announcement.
Another public service announcement I wish the appropriate agencies would consider producing is one concerning the excessively loud music on some of our Aiga buses.
A year or so ago a doctor from the LBJ brought up their concern over this issue. There was some talk about passing a law against buses and taxis playing excessively loud music, but I am not sure if it was ever passed. If it was, it sure doesn't seem like it is being enforced.
If a PSA was produced to educate the public on the real danger of hearing loss loud music can cause over time maybe that could have some impact on the problem. Maybe the bus drivers might become educated to the damage loud music is causing to their passengers. Maybe some passengers would start to complain about the volume of the music being played. Sometimes I see young children and babies with their parents riding on buses where the music is being played exceptionally loud.
A couple of years back when the Saints won the Super Bowl there is this picture of Drew Brees holding his baby wearing noise cancellation ear phones. He knew the noise was going to be pretty loud, and he didn't want his child to suffer any permanent hearing loss. He knew what loud noise can do to a person's hearing and especially to a young person's hearing.
Here is a short piece that I copied off the Internet that explains exactly what damage is cause by loud noise.
[ The inner part of the ear contains tiny hair cells (nerve endings).
The hair cells change sound into electric signals.
Then nerves carry these signals to the brain, which recognizes sound.
These tiny hair cells are easily damaged by loud sounds.
The human ear is like any other body part — too much use and it may become damaged.
Over time, repeated exposure to loud noise and music can cause hearing loss.]
There is a real reason why the people who work at StarKist Samoa have to wear ear plugs. If a law would be too hard to enforce maybe education may help the problem some.
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