Will you be attending one of the estimated 16,000 fireworks displays this 4th of July? Before you go, remember the following tips:
- Excessive noise exposure is the #1 cause of hearing loss, affecting approximately 30 million Americans.
- Researchers estimate as many as 17% of teenagers aged 12-19 show signs of noise induced hearing loss.
- Fireworks range from 150-175 decibels. In comparison: normal conversational speech is at 60 decibels and an ambulance siren is 120 decibels.
- You can still enjoy fireworks from a safe distance, (i.e. 50- 60 feet away for adults and 165 feet for children). Experts recommend that infants should never be exposed to excessive sound levels.
- Some immediate side effects of excessive noise exposure include: tinnitus or ringing in the ears, temporary threshold shifts (a slight decrease in hearing lasting approximately 24 hours).
Remember, noise induced hearing loss is the ONLY type of hearing loss that is completely preventable. WEAR YOUR HEARING PROTECTION!!!