A vuvuzela (sometimes called a ‘lepatata’) is a stadium horn, often blown by South African fans at sporting events.
Vuvuzelas have been associated with permanent noise damage and hearing loss.
Phrases to describe the sound include “a goat on the way to slaughter”, “a stampede of noisy elephants”, “a giant hive full of very angry bees” and “a deafening swarm of locusts. Sounds wonderful, right?
The sound level of the instrument has been measured at 131 dB(A) at the opening of the horn and 113 dB(A) two meters in front of the opening, both of which are dangerously high levels of sound to unprotected ears.
Vuvuzelas were originally made out of tin, but are now made out of plastic.
In early 2010, members of the Nazareth Baptist Church claimed that the vuvuzela belonged to their church, and threatened to pursue legal action to stop fans playing it at the World Cup.
These things are starting to drive people crazy, and all over the world people want them banned! Have you heard one yet? I don’t blame them.
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