The sounds of the 4th may be a welcome one to those who want to witness the explosive power of the fireworks above, but not everyone realizes that those sounds can be dangerous to their long-term hearing. Noise-induced hearing loss affects 10% of the population to the point where it impairs their ability to process human speech.
In addition, about 15% of the population have lost their ability to process high-frequencies due to loud noises on the job or because of recreational activities. And while there are restrictions for noise level when a person is on the job, you’ll have to look out for your own hearing for the 4th of July.
Anything over 85 decibels can potentially affect your hearing ability which you’ll encounter sitting close to any major fireworks show. The best thing you can do is to find a space on that is about 500 feet away from the source of the fireworks, that won’t compromise your view. This keeps the protective hair of your ears from being damaged by the sound, preventing a ringing in your ears.
Plug It In
If you do want to sit closer to the action, then you can buy earplugs to keep yourself from the worst of the noise. Adults can wear general all-purpose foam earplugs, while kids can wear earmuffs to protect their sensitive ears. If you’re planning your own home-grown celebration, select quieter fireworks for both the health of your family and that of your neighbors. You can try comets, wheels, or falling leaves as alternative fireworks. These will produce higher pitched sounds or crackles rather than a massive “boom” that explodes in your ears.
Hearing loss can last a lifetime, so there’s no reason to take chances. If you want to learn more about how you can keep your hearing safe from harm, contact U.S. Hearing Solutions to find out more about our services and locations.