Video: Vuvuzelas - World Cup essential or earache?

An ear-splitting drone has contributed a unique and perhaps unwanted buzz to the World Cup.

The vuvuzela trumpet, or the stadium horn, has taken over the tournament and is loved by supporters in South Africa – but has caused upset with the viewing public.

There is no doubt that television viewers have had difficulty watching the game without being able to avoid the constant drone from the one metre-long plastic horns.

The BBC has said it is in the process of trying to minimise the noise but it can’t be done without affecting the general atmosphere.

Bombarded with complaints, the BBC is considering whether it should provide a service through the red button to allow fans to view games vuvuzela-free.


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Meanwhile, a health warning has been issued by the Hearing Care Centre.

Suffolk audiologist Karen Finch said: “My advice to fans would be to enjoy the atmosphere that the World Cup creates, but also to consider their hearing. Remember to pack some earplugs – once the damage is done it is irreversible so prevention is key.”

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World Cup spokesman Rich Mkhondo said: “Vuvuzelas had worldwide appeal. Only a minority are against vuvuzelas.”

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The view on the streets of Ipswich:-

Jane Cashmore, of Ipswich, said: “I see no problem with them, what I do is I tune it out and then watch the football.”

Suzanne Wade, of Ipswich, said: “I think they’re brilliant! I think it’s part of the atmosphere and will add to a good game. If people don’t like it, they should wear their ear plugs. Definitely like Marmite! You either love them or you hate them but I think they’re great fun.”

Karl Mitchell, of Ipswich, said: “Too loud. Must be annoying for the players and hard for them to concentrate.”

Steve Seward, of Colchester, said: “I think it adds to the atmosphere.”

Slim Badi, of Ipswich, said: “I think people that hate them should just get on with it.”

Ben Satar, of Ipswich, said: “I think it’s something different. It’s South African tradition and I’d definitely buy one.”

Alex Child, of Ipswich, said: “It’s a little bit annoying but nothing really to worry about if I’m honest.”

Gillian Fleury, of Ipswich, said: “I think it takes away the atmosphere. You can’t hear when the crowd shouts or the band play. All you can hear is the vuvuzela. But on the other hand it’s difficult for the FA to stop it because it is a South African tradition.”

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