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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135

SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. vol.100 n.6 Cape Town Jun. 2010




Noise and sports events



To the Editor: I read the recent article on sound exposure during football matches in the SAMJ with great interest.1 Swanepoel et al. concluded that 'exposure levels exceeded limits of permissible average and peak sound'1 and 'Public awareness and personal hearing protection should be prioritised as preventive measures'.1 It is interesting that sound from sports competitions could be an important forgotten noise. Indeed, sport noise-induced deafness has been proposed for years.2 The control of noise from competitions (e.g. control of audiovisual facilities) might be required; this would be more appropriate than having the spectators use protective devices.


Viroj Wiwanitkit
Bangkhae, Bangkok


1. Swanepoel W, Hall JW. Football match spectator sound exposure and effect on hearing: A pretest-post-test study. S Afr Med J 2010; 100: 239-242.         [ Links ]

2. Bentley S. Noise-induced deafness. Br J Sports Med 1978; 12: 160.         [ Links ]