Word on the Street: Subway system affects hearing

Experts say the decibels reached from the familiar screeching sounds are high enough to harm your ears.

Experts say the decibels reached from the familiar screeching sounds are high enough to harm your ears. (10/1/13)

BROOKLYN - Your daily commute could be taking a toll on your hearing.

According to a Daily News report, experts say that the decibels reached from the familiar screeching sounds of metal on metal in the city's subways are high enough to harm your ears.

Some Bronx commuters say that they try to avoid the subway and take the bus because of all the noise, but others aren't bothered by it.

In a statement, the MTA says it's been working to reduce subway noise for decades since the 1970s. A spokesperson says the agency has installed noise-absorbing barriers and has used special wheels to cut down on sound.
 

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