Vuvuzela – good for your team, bad for your ears

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dc.contributor.author Swanepoel, De Wet
dc.contributor.author Hall, James W. (James Wilbur), 1948-
dc.contributor.author Koekemoer, Dirk
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-22T07:12:15Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-22T07:12:15Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02
dc.description.abstract Traditionally made from a kudu horn, the vuvuzela was used to call together meetings and could be heard by distant peoples summoned to attend. Today soccer stadiums in South Africa are invariably filled with its loud and raucous sound, which reverberates with energy to the exhilaration of supporters. Although more investigations are required, initial findings certainly demonstrate that the vuvuzela exceeds the permissible occupational noise exposure levels in South Africa and poses a significant recreational risk of noise-induced hearing loss. Preventive measures such as public awareness and hearing protection should be prioritised as an important health care approach in sporting events where the vuvuzela is used, especially in view of the upcoming World Cup. The vuvuzela has reached iconic status and should be kept as part of the South African soccer culture, but measures to protect spectators’ hearing must be considered of paramount importance. en
dc.identifier.citation Swanepoel, DW, Hall III, JW & Koekemoer, D 2010, 'Vuvuzela - good for your team, bad for your ears', South African Medical Journal, vol. 100, no. 2, pp. 99-100. [www.samj.org.za ] en
dc.identifier.issn 0038-3469
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/13136
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Health and Medical Publishing Group en
dc.rights Health and Medical Publishing Group en
dc.subject Vuvuzela en
dc.subject Kudu horn en
dc.subject.lcsh Musical instruments -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Deafness, Noise induced en
dc.subject.lcsh Sports teams en
dc.subject.lcsh Soccer -- Tournaments -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Ear -- Wounds and injuries en
dc.subject.lcsh Noise -- Physiological effect en
dc.title Vuvuzela – good for your team, bad for your ears en
dc.type Article en


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