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Letter: Loud music in restaurants ruins dining experience

November 11, 2018

I really appreciated the article about loud restaurants (Oct. 16). I realize that the problem of loud diners is not easy to control, but the deafening music is.

The loud music leads to people having to shout to be heard, just increasing the volume. There are several restaurants in Rochester where I do not even consider going. Some of them I have avoided by getting takeout and eating at home where the music is quiet and mellow.

I have a decibel meter on my phone, which has indicated the noise level, in some venues, at 100 db. Anything above 75 db is damaging to hearing. Restauranteurs, please have pity on us older adults who are already losing hearing. Make our dining experience pleasant, encouraging us to return.

Jean Byer, Rochester

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