Listen up for some good advice

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 May, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 May, 2001, 12:00am

* As a rule if you can't talk to people two metres away from you in a bar or club without shouting, then background noise is too high.

* At nightclubs, don't stand close to the speakers, and take regular breaks from the dance floor.

* Keep the volume down on your personal stereo; even on a medium setting the noise can still reach about 94 decibels.

* Wear earplugs if you think you might be exposed to dangerous levels of noise.

For further information try . . .

Hong Kong Society for the Deaf, tel: 2527 8969.

The world's first online hearing test (if you think you might have a hearing problem, it is advisable to be checked by a hearing specialist or audiologist).

Hearing Education for Rockers: a useful hearing Web site for musicians, DJs and music lovers at The Occupational Health and Safety Clinic, tel: 2361 8240.