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Bill would regulate sound levels at movies


HARTFORD (AP) — Movie-goers whose ears hurt after watching a film could get some relief from a bill being considered by Connecticut state lawmakers.

The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee was scheduled to hear testimony recently on a proposal that would establish a maximum decibel level at movie theaters across the state.

Under the proposal, theater license holders could not show a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels.

A decibel is a unit used to explain the intensity of a sound wave. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration allows workers to be exposed to 90 decibels over eight hours.

Sen. Joan Hartley, the panel’s co-chairman, said she recently learned of a study conducted in Texas that determined those theaters with unhealthy sound levels “were way over the edge.”



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