Some tips on Fireworks and Hearing
With the Fourth of July around the corner it is a good time to think about the effects of noise on our hearing. Fireworks are beautiful to watch, but potentially harmful to our ears. According to the American Speech Hearing Association, the decibel level (loudness) of fireworks has been measured at 150dB, similar to the noise of an airplane taking off. This is potentially painful and hazardous to our ears and often results in permanent hearing loss. Some signs of hearing loss associated with noise trauma are:
Ringing, buzzing or hissing sound in the ear after the fireworks
Asking people to speak louder or turning up the volume on the television
Difficulty hearing clearly
The American Academy of Audiology cautions that exposure to fireworks can significantly impact hearing loss. Should you notice any of these signs it is important to have an Audiological evaluation to determine if there has been any damage to your ears.
If you are going to enjoy the fireworks this July 4th you can safeguard your ears with the use of earplugs. They can easily be purchased in any pharmacy and they come in several different materials and sizes for children and adults.