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Vuvuzela - good for your team, bad for your ears

De Wet Swanepoel, James W Hall, Dirk Koekemoer


Vuvuzela is synonymous with the vibrant atmosphere at South African soccer matches. The intensity of the sound however, is dangerously loud according to occupational noise exposure standards. Preventative measures, such as public awareness and hearing protection, should be prioritized, especially in lieu of the upcoming World Cup in 2010.

Authors' affiliations

De Wet Swanepoel, University of Pretoria & University of Florida

James W Hall, University of Pretoria

Dirk Koekemoer, GeoAxon

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Occupational noise, noise-induced hearing loss,

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South African Medical Journal 2010;100(2):99-100.

Article History

Date submitted: 2009-08-04
Date published: 2010-01-29

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