NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A published report Monday said the sound of metal against metal in the subway can be harmful to your ears.
Dr. Chris Herget, an audiologist at New York City Hearing and Balance in Midtown, told amNewYork that the trains can stress out the ears. The trains reach between 92 and 102 decibels as they pull into stations – a level that Herget told the paper is safe only for up to 15 minutes.
And while trains enter and leave quickly, the cumulative effect of the noise can result in such problems as tinnitus, he told the paper. The damage would not be seen immediately, but would be noticeable over several years, Herget told the newspaper.