She also complains about the dangerously loud music played at simchos and makes the following seven suggestions.
1) Before booking a band for a simcha, discuss this issue and demand that the music be in the normal decibel range. Do not accept excuses such as "This is what the kids want." The kids aren't paying the bill, you are. If the band won't abide by your wishes, find one that will.We like suggestion number three and are thinking of taking a buzz saw to the ol' powered mixer this afternoon. Hey, ten channels is more then enough and since we'll only be using one speaker from now on...
2) Bands that will play music without blasting out our ears should advertise their willingness to play "safe" music. They can only gain by it.
3) Eliminate half the amplifiers and speakers.
4) Turn down the volume on the amplifiers. We shouldn't need earplugs.
5) Schools should teach hearing safety at every grade level. Just as we educate our children about the dangers of smoking, we educate them about the dangers of loud music. This will decrease the demand for unsafe loud music.
6) Start a gemach and purchase decibel meters. Lend them to baalei simcha to monitor decibel levels at their simcha.
7) If the music is too loud, walk out. Don't be embarrassed. If this happens often enough, the musicians will get the message.