Protect Your Hearing this July 4th

Fireworks and firecrackers can be as loud as 140 to 160 decibels—louder than a jackhammer or jet plane take-off. Safe listening levels are generally 75–80 decibels. The louder the noise, the less time it takes to damage a person’s hearing.

Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable. But, once it occurs, it is irreversible. Here are some tips to celebrate safely:

  1. Use hearing protection. Basic earplugs, which can be picked up at most stores, offer surprisingly good hearing protection for most teens and adults. Children are generally better off using well-fitting earmuffs over earplugs.
  2. Keep your distance. Stand at least 500 feet away from noise sources. The closer you are, the more likely you are to hurt your ears.
  3. Know your limits. If you are experiencing ringing in your ears or any other ear discomfort, listen to your body and leave.

Anyone who continues to experience pain or ringing in the ears, or who is having difficulty hearing, should visit one of our certified doctors of audiology for a hearing evaluation.

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