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.
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According to National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), "NIHL (noise-induced hearing loss) can be caused by a one-time exposure to an intense “impulse” sound, such as an explosion, or by continuous exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time...recreational activities that can put you at risk for NIHL include target shooting and hunting, snowmobile riding, listening to MP3 players at high volume through earbuds or headphones, playing in a band, attending loud concerts" and firework displays.