Be prepared and protect your hearing this summer! It doesn't take a big "kaboom" to harm your hearing. Even prolonged exposure to lower decibel (dB) levels, such as heavy city traffic (approximately 85 dB), can result in damage.
The summer months are full of fun activities ranging from grilling, to spending time with family and friends, and everyone’s favorite part: fireworks at community events. Though not commonly thought about, fireworks can be very dangerous for your hearing.
Noise-induced hearing loss occurs from exposure to high levels of noise that happen in one, quick burst or over time. A study by the University of Texas at Dallas explored the effects of noise-induced hearing loss on the brain's ability to recognize speech sounds. The louder the sound and higher the decibel, the shorter the time it takes for noise-induced hearing loss to happen. They also found one in four adults Americans, between the ages of 20 and 69 have hearing loss from excessive noise exposure.
It doesn't take a big "kaboom" to harm your hearing. Even prolonged exposure to lower decibel (dB) levels, such as heavy city traffic (approximately 85 dB), can result in damage.
Thankfully, there are ways to protect your hearing while celebrating at these community events. Here are some tips to protect your hearing this summer!
- Embrace hearing protection! Make sure you and your loved ones utilize hearing protection such as earplugs or earmuffs to keep your hearing safe!
- Keep a safe distance away from the fireworks.
- Make sure to take breaks from firework shows and other loud events.
- Figure out how loud your environment is using an app. Sound Print is a noise good app.
Noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable, make sure to take steps to protect your hearing.
If you suspect that you or a loved one already have hearing loss, call Amplifon today to schedule an appointment with a provider near you.
University of Texas at Dallas study: https://www.utdallas.edu/news/2014/7/31-31061_Study-Noise-Induced-Hearing-Loss-Alters-Brain-Resp_story-wide.html