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Next NYC health campaign: too-loud earphones

In this photo of Tuesday, March 5, 2013, a young boy listens to music by sharing an earphone with his mother while riding a New York subway. Add cranked-up earphones to the list of health dangers Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants New Yorkers to quit. City health officials plan to warn young people with a public service campaign that they risk hearing loss from listening to music at high volume on personal music players. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

In this photo of Tuesday, March 5, 2013, a young boy listens to music by sharing an earphone with his mother while riding a New York subway. Add cranked-up earphones to the list of health dangers Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants New Yorkers to quit. City health officials plan to warn young people with a public service campaign that they risk hearing loss from listening to music at high volume on personal music players. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Add cranked-up earphones to the list of health dangers Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration wants New Yorkers to avoid.

The city Health Department said Wednesday it plans to warn young people that they risk hearing loss from listening to personal music players at high volume.

The agency says it hasn’t finalized the cost or scope of the media campaign, first reported by the New York Post. Officials plan to use public and private money.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says excessive noise has caused permanent hearing damage in 1 in 8 children and teens, and about 1 in 6 adults under 70.

Other health groups also have launched public education efforts about listening to earphones safely.

Bloomberg previously cracked down on smoking, trans fats, salt and large, sugary drinks.

Associated Press

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