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The Sound and the Fury
June 28, 2010
Vuvuzelas: heirloom or plague? What? We can't hear you!
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June 28, 2010

The Sound And The Fury

Vuvuzelas: heirloom or plague? What? We can't hear you!

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Phonak, a Swiss hearing aid company, registered the horn's sound at 127 decibels—five decibels louder than a referee's whistle and 42 louder than what's considered safe over extended periods. And a South African fan reportedly ruptured her pharynx while tooting.

They're unfriendly to man's best friend.

South Africa's SPCA is warning of a potential plague of strays caused by their owners' blaring. "The animals have got much more sensitive hearing... so loud noises can sometimes cause them to jump through windows," said the SPCA's Juan August.

Vuvuzelas drown everything out.

Refs' whistles are going unheeded, announcers—including the brilliant Ian Darke—are being muffled, coaches can't coach and players can't hear one another. When such artists as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are detractors, isn't it time for the sounds of silence?

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