Hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, beer, fireworks, and noise-induced hearing loss?! Not for me thanks. This 4th of July, consider adding ear protection to your fireworks tradition.
Most of us don’t consider our hearing when we’re out celebrating Independence Day with our family and friends. But you should.
Adults should not be exposed to more than 140 decibels and children no more than 120 decibels. Fireworks can reach a sound output between 150 to 175 decibels! Unfortunately each year, many people experience damage to their hearing as a result of fireworks.
A good rule of thumb is to stay a safe distance away from the explosion where the impact of the intense sound will be less severe. It is advisable to wear hearing protection when in close proximity to a fireworks display, but if you don’t have hearing protection, please consider setting up your seating area further away.
Stay healthy and Happy 4th of July!
For more useful information about hearing health, check out Part 1 in our Focus on Hearing Loss course series available from here.