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Fireworks Bursting in Air Can Damage Ears
Posted by Hearing Healthcare of South Carolina on July 05, 2013
Independence Day is filled with sights and sounds that bring back memories of our youth year after year. Each moment that makes up the daylong festivities instills a little extra patriotic pride in our American hearts. Its also important to remember to care for your hearing during the celebrating and fun. Independence Day is one of our nations loudest holidays with parades, sirens and fireworks that can damage our hearing.
You may know that 85 dB and higher can cause hearing damage. Consider the average fire truck and ambulance siren is a whopping 130 dB. Furthermore fireworks can be upwards of 140 dB, much higher than is safe. Having to shout to be heard is a great indicator about whether noise is too loud. Also if the noise is painful to your ears or your ears are ringing, the noise level is too high and may cause noise-induced hearing loss overtime.
A few simple prevention techniques can safeguard your hearing. If the noise gets to a painful level, put your hands over your ears or feel free to wear a pair of foam earplugs. As a last resort, walk away until the noise is at a comfortable level. Everyone loves a fun Independence Day party but just make sure you’re also staying safe.
If you think you have hearing loss and would like to get a free hearing test visit our Contact Us page to submit your information! Your hearing is our utmost concern. Have a safe and happy Independence Day weekend!