Re: Child's scream ("James W. Beauchamp" )

Subject: Re: Child's scream
From:    "James W. Beauchamp"  <j-beauch(at)UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU>
Date:    Mon, 26 Mar 2001 12:20:25 -0600

Except that occasionally this triggers incidents of severe child abuse (shaking of heads, etc.) sometimes even resulting in death. My personal opinion is that they can't get above 120 dB, which is a high enough level to cause ear damage. Jim Rebecca Mercuri wrote: >Actually, a colleague who works for OSHA measured his infant's >scream some years ago and noted that it was well within the range >of hearing damage (if sustained). I don't recall the actual numbers >but 140 dB would certainly be at that range. > >I remember thinking at the time that perhaps the reason parents >respond to the infant (or child) screaming so quickly is more to >spare themselves hearing damage than to tend to the needs of the >fussy kid. It certainly is a good biological mechanism (for the kid)!

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