WASHINGTON ó Here's a message TV viewers may not want to mute: The days of getting blasted out of one's easy chair by blaring TV commercials may soon be over.
The House on Thursday passed a bill that would prevent advertisers from abruptly raising the volume to catch the attention of viewers wandering off when regular programming is interrupted.
The bill's House sponsor, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., said it was her own "earsplitting experiences" that got her involved, recalling how the ads "blew us out of the house" when she watched television, already set at a high volume, with her late parents.
But she said her office also has gotten many messages of support and that at home people come up to her in restaurants and supermarkets to ask how the bill is doing.
"We can protect people from needlessly loud noise spikes that can actually harm their hearing," she said.
Re: Aren't you glad congress is taking care of.....
That bill has been around for a while.
Frankly, I'll be glad when commericals are the same volume as the programming.
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