While fireworks can be a lot of fun to watch, it’s important to remember that they can also be very loud and potentially harmful to our hearing. In fact, the loud bangs and booms of fireworks can reach decibel levels upwards of 150 dB, which is much louder than the safe level for hearing (85 dB). Hearing loss from loud noise is permanent — and most people don’t notice their hearing is damaged until it’s too late. This is why it’s important to protect your hearing when viewing fireworks.
Here are some tips for using hearing protection when enjoying fireworks:
Wear earplugs or earmuffs. Earplugs and earmuffs are both effective at reducing the volume of sound that reaches your ears. Use hearing protection whether you are at home or attending a public show.
Keep a safe distance from the fireworks. The closer you are to the fireworks, the louder the sound will be. By standing farther away, you can reduce the volume of the sound and decrease the risk to your hearing. If a firecracker explodes near your ear, you could experience immediate hearing damage.
Take breaks from the noise. Limit the length of time you are exposed to the sound of fireworks and give your ears a rest.
Buy quieter fireworks. If you are setting off your own fireworks, look for ones with lower noise levels.
By following these tips, you can enjoy the spectacle of fireworks while also protecting your hearing. If you have any concerns about your hearing or want to ensure that you are taking the necessary precautions, we encourage you to contact us at 812-273-6262. We conduct comprehensive hearing assessments and offer personalized hearing protection solutions.Leave a reply