• Aug 19th 2010 at 8:31AM
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It stands to reason that drivers who take part in any kind of motorsport are putting their lives at risk in some way. Apparently, though, even being a fan of NASCAR can be hazardous to your health. And it's not because the cars sometimes find themselves barreling off the track and into the crowds.

According to a recent study, noise levels at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee and the Kentucky Speedway can reach alarming levels – as high as 140 decibels, significantly louder than a jet at takeoff. By way of comparison, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set the maximum allowable noise levels over an eight-hour work day at just 85 decibels.

It takes just one minute for drivers and under an hour for workers and spectators to hit OSHA's maximum allowable noise level for the entire day. Worse yet, it seems that the damage caused by such high noise levels adds up over time and is not reversible. That said, nobody is suggesting that sporting events like NASCAR should be banned. Instead, the study aims to inform people of the risks and urges them to take appropriate action... in other words, ear plugs are your friend.

[Source: AOL News]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Linda Lou
      • 5 Years Ago
      anyone with any common sense and is a race fan knows to wear ear plugs or headsets (which are awesome.) you gotta love it !! lets ban NASCAR because its too loud. lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      If NASCAR is that bad then I wonder how bad F1 would be if you didn't use the ear plugs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Duh ! I wonder how much money it cost , to find out something so obvious
      • 5 Years Ago
      Remember the dB scale is base 10 logarithmic, so 140dB is 10 times louder than 130 dB. If you look at example dB scales that tell you example sounds that produce a certain dB loudness, you'll notice that they generally all stop at 130dB with a jet engine and don't even bother imagining that a human being would ever hear anything louder than that. And NASCAR fans are getting 10 times that. Yikes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stop this crap NOW! Before they built the track in Joliet it was addressed about the noise for the people at the tract and for the local home owners safety. They have gave and sold all kinds of hearing muffs and plugs. Who ever stated this needs to get a life. And whoever you are ,you are gready and trying to start trouble for this industry. What is your next step going after a dentist !!!!! Get a life!
      • 5 Years Ago
      In the past 4 years I have been to close to 30 NASCAR races in 3 states. I always sit front row by the start/finsh line.
      Oh yes they are LOUD when they go by but.....you should always were hearing protection, ALWAYS.
      Dont change a thing just were protection.
      As for the drivers there are several ways to do better.
      There are hearing protection that will drown out over a 100 db.
      Got em ,wear um.
      • 5 Years Ago
      dam commies telling me i could hurt my hearing!
      jeanie w
      • 5 Years Ago
      OH COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A person would have to be a freaking MORON to NOT know that the decible count for motor racing noise is astromically high. We go to these races KNOWING that...DUH!!!!!!!! We also go prepared. We either take ear plugs or rent those head phones. Most race tracks GIVE ear plugs..but seriously, they don't help that much. I LOVE the noise. When we're watching at home and the announcer says "CRANK IT UP"..we DOOOOO..and love it. So either stop your damn whining about the noise or don't go. And for any of you out there that intend to "sue" NASCAR or any race track for hearing loss...read my lips (since you are deaf) stop being such a moron..the judge would laugh you outta court..I hope!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The whole thing is too much for me! I'll stay home, turn down the volume and get the best nap of the week!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do what I do:

      Just don't go.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thats your right... as it is anybody who wants to gos right to do that! I hate all this crap go if you want... stay home of you want... it is freedom of choice!!!!! Have any of you ever been to an air show? I think they are louder and worse!!!... But thats only my thoughts!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Huh--say again !
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