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Taiwan doctors warn against hearing damage after Spring Scream

2011/04/05 21:14:52

Taipei, April 5 (CNA) People who develop symptoms of dizziness,tinnitus, or balance problems after attending the annual Kentingmusic festival should seek medical attention immediately, a doctoradvised Tuesday, saying that he had noticed over the years a trend ofan increased number of ear damage cases after Kenting Spring Scream.

Li Po-hung, an attending physician at the Department ofOtolaryngology at Cheng-Shin Hospital in Taipei, said that theincidence of hearing loss among patients who had attended the Kentingfestival tended to be about 10 percent to 20 percent higher than inthe rest of the population.

Live concerts usually produce sounds that could easily reach80-90 decibels, Li said, noting that the level of a normalconversation is usually between 20 and 30 decibels and the noise ofpassing vehicles on the road is about 50-60 decibels.

His warning was supported by Dr. Lin Hsin-ching of the Departmentof Otolaryngology at Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.

"People, who are consistently exposed to loud sounds like thoseat the music festival may later suffer permanent hearing loss andshould see a doctor as soon as possible if they develop relatedsymptoms," Lin said.

Spring Scream is an outdoor music festival that has been heldannually for the last 16 years in Kenting, southern Taiwan. Itfeatures a variety of music by bands from Taiwan and several othercountries. This year, nearly 200 bands performed at the festival,which took place from April 1-4.

(By Chen Li-ting and Hanna Liu)
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