4 Tips to Prevent Hearing Loss this 4th of July
Fireworks, firecrackers and concerts may be Fourth of July traditions and are beautiful to watch, but they also make the holiday one of the noisiest and most likely to cause hearing loss. With sound levels from exploding fireworks reaching as high as 155 decibels, here are steps recommended by ASHA that you can take to minimize damage to your hearing:
- Keep a safe distance. The closer you are to the source of the noise, the greater the risk for immediate, sudden and permanent hearing loss. Stay at least 500 feet from fireworks, firecrackers, speaker systems and other sources of loud noise.
- Wear earplugs. Ear plugs are an inexpensive and easy way to protect your hearing during loud events. Make sure your ear plugs fit snugly. For children below 8 years old, use ear muffs.
- Know your limits. A good rule of thumb is to avoid noises that are "too loud" and "too close" or that last "too long." If you notice ringing or buzzing in your ears, move farther away from the noise source.
- Seek professional help. If you feel that your hearing may have been affected, seek the help of a certified audiologist.
Wishing you all a Happy and Safe Independence Day 2017!