Updated: 03/14/2014 2:42 PM
Created: 03/14/2014 1:56 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
The Minneapolis City Council is set to vote on a new ordinance which will require businesses that specialize in loud music, such as event centers and nightclubs, to provide patrons with ear plugs to combat hearing loss.
Minneapolis City Councilman Jacob Frey, of the Third Ward, said the proposed legislation would provide the ear plugs for free to the businesses with the help of Locally Grown Globally Known and 3M.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 36 million Americans - or 17 percent of the adult population - have some form of hearing loss.
The ear plugs are a way for patrons to shield themselves from high decibel noise without having to forgo music events, Frey said.
The ordinance states if the free ear plugs are no longer able to be provided, then the businesses would no longer be required to provide them, Frey said.
"Honestly, I don't know what the opposition would be," Frey said. "All we are asking for is a space to set a box of earplugs."
On Thursday, the city council set the date to vote on the ordinance. It is expected to take place April 1.