Listen up for some good advice
* 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. www.deaf.org.hk
The world's first online hearing test www.handtronix.com (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 www.hearnet.com The Occupational Health and Safety Clinic, tel: 2361 8240.