NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A former VIP hostess at the Midtown nightclub Lavo is suing the venue, claiming the loud music made her nearly deaf in one ear, according to a published report.

Margaret Clemente told the New York Post that she complained to her bosses about the noise at the nightclub, at 39 E. 58th St., but they made things difficult and she eventually quit.

Clemente told the newspaper management did provide earplugs, but they were cheaply made and did not block out the noise.

She said her hearing loss made it more and more difficult to communicate at work using a mandated radio earpiece that alerted her about other staff members and A-listers who came to the club, the newspaper reported.

A New York Times investigation in July of last year said the thumping music is 96 decibels at Lavo – comparable to standing next to a power meter.

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