What I hate most about this story, is Newser’s implicit assumption that all states will start doing this eventually. “Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies.” Only if others follow their stupid example.
In the meantime, I would prefer that we assume the best and say, “Connecticut might become the only state to curb loud movies, but hopefully not.”
The legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee is considering the bill, which would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels.
As happens in many other areas, the “science” behind the bill doesn’t even make sense.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends noise should be kept below 85 decibels for workers for eight hours to minimize hearing loss. For comparison, the American Tinnitus Association says 85 decibels is the sound of average traffic, 80 decibels is the sound of an alarm clock 2 feet away, and 100 decibels is the sound of a blow dryer.
So are they going to mandate that blow dryers only be used with hearing protection now?
Is it really necessary that nothing in the theater movie ever get louder than “the sound of average traffic”?
What is missing in the story is any indication that moviegoers are actually being damaged by the sound volume of movies now. Why are they fixing a problem that doesn’t exist?
Why would theaters want to damage the hearing of customers? Yes it is true that cigarettes are still sold, but that is because people knowingly assume risk. And the tobacco company does not control how often or how much a specific person smokes. But a movie theater is not going to want to open itself up to a lawsuit for causing hearing loss.
While I wouldn’t agree with it, I would understand it much better if the state of Connecticut put limits on rock concerts. There people want to hear loud music and they get what they demand. What made movie theaters the priority?
Once again politicians insist on interfering with society and pretend that we need them to stay healthy and safe.