Letters to the sports editor: Sunday, Sept. 22

September 22, 2013 

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Noise level

Home-field advantage can be hazardous to your hearing.

Two weeks ago I attended the BSU/Washington football game. I had heard that the new stadium was designed to increase noise levels. Before the game, the Washington band marched on the field with the American flag to play the national anthem. The announcer bragged that the band was one of the reasons noise levels exceed 130 dBA.

As a retired audiologist, I am well aware of noise levels and hazards to hearing. When BSU was on offense, the noise level increased to the point where I experience extreme ear pain and still have ring tinnitus two weeks later. Also, the advertising band around the stadium turned bright white with changing green dots. I ended up watching the game on the video screen holding my ears.

OSHA allows 95-97 dBA for three to four hours (football game) exposure. Pain begins at 125 dBA, and even short-term exposure can cause permanent damage. The World Health Organization recommends that no child should be exposed to 120 dBA or greater.

I recommend that you go to an audiologist and obtain appropriate custom ear protection. One ear blue and one ear orange.

ROGER MATTISON, New Meadows

Video board

I went to the Boise State game Sept. 7, and I must say that the new video board does have a much better picture and was fun to watch.

My main problem is that once the game started, 20 percent of the video board was used for advertisements at the bottom of the screen. Is this really necessary?

It is totally distracting and takes away from the “large” board that we were supposed to have.

Is BSU so money hungry that they couldn’t have had that advertising showing on the ticker boards on the east and west sides of the stadium and just add them to the mix of all the other advertisements that are cluttering up the ticker boards?

CHARLENE SEWELL, Emmett

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