Listen up, noise pollution means trouble

Mainland health authorities hope to raise people's awareness of noise pollution, one of the top three causes of hearing disability in the past few years.

The theme for today's National Ear Care Day is 'decrease noise and protect hearing'.

Saturday, 3 March, 2012, 12:00am

Turn it down - you hear?

Fu Hin-ngai, a Year 12 student at Sha Tin College, spends, on average, three hours a day listening to music, particularly when he's getting around town.

'I usually turn up my music when I go to busy, noisy places,' he says.

26 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Dad to set up fund in memory of daughter

The father of a hearing-impaired woman who leaped to her death on Saturday says he wants to set up a foundation to help disabled people.

A weeping Lee Kwong-hing said on a radio program last night he would use tribute money paid by mourners after the death of Lee Ching, 26, to set up a fund to help students like her cope with adversity.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Subsidy proposal for deafness from work

The Labour and Welfare Bureau has proposed raising the ceiling for hearing aid subsidies for those with occupational deafness from HK$18,000 to HK$36,000 per head because the fund established for the purpose had a surplus of HK$368 million last year. The scheme would also be extended to cover employees who lose hearing in just one ear.

8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Is renovation work really more important than a peaceful life?

Behind the superficial regrets expressed by Miranda Szeto of Swire Properties in 'Sorry for the noise' (March 24), her response to Amy Lau's complaint over renovation noise, the message seems clear: We're not going to do anything about it and we don't care.

30 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Let's hear it for a good cause

Asking for a napkin might be a simple request for most people, but for hearing-impaired students it is about making a breakthrough.

31 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Books and projectors top pupils' wish-list

Hearing-impaired children want a new visual and broadcasting system to help communication

The students need extra books and they need new lighting, so that they can read one another's lips better and those of their teachers and visitors.

7 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

$3m noise barrier for park stage

Leisure officials hope to reduce complaints

The government plans to build a noise barrier at Tuen Mun Park in an attempt to reduce residents complaints about noise from musicians in the park and their fans.

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

Doctors sound warning on ear-splitting music trend

Hearing specialists are considering holding a study to find out if prolonged high-volume use of an MP3 player can affect hearing.

The move follows a surge in iPod sales and an Australian report revealing an increased incidence of tinnitus - ringing in the ears - among young people.

21 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Board threatens to close door on noisy bar

Less than a week after Tsim Sha Tsui bar Chasers lost a judicial review over a controversial noise ban, another popular nightspot has had its liquor licence renewal put under scrutiny by noise complaints.

10 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Keep discos away from apartment blocks

I am concerned about the establishment of discotheques in residential areas.

Noise pollution is one of the most serious problems in Hong Kong. We have to endure all kinds of noise at night and some of this, for example traffic, is unavoidable. Such disturbances should not be made worse by officials allowing discos to open their doors in residential neighbourhoods.

11 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Noisy gangs

I live in Yiu Yan House, at Yiu On Estate, Ma On Shan.

There are four basketball courts and one football pitch in what is a small estate. One of the basketball courts is right in front of my building.

23 May 2002 - 12:00am

Noise nuisance

I refer to the letter by G Gunn of the Civil Engineering Department (CED), headlined 'Poor noise barriers' (South China Morning Post, April 27), regarding site formation work behind Smithfield and Lung Wah Street, in Kennedy Town.

17 May 2002 - 12:00am

Government turns deaf ear to $10b noise-cutting plea

A lawmaker's request to install air-conditioning and double-glazing at residential units affected by noise was rejected by officials yesterday, who estimated it would cost $10 billion.

5 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

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.

7 May 2001 - 12:00am