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Enjoying Celebrations with Hearing Loss

Thursday, July 5, 2018 4:45:19 PM Australia/Melbourne

Enjoying Celebrations with Hearing LossWhile it may just be the United States of America that celebrated a firework-centric holiday this week, fireworks are becoming commonplace for celebrations of all shapes and sizes. Here on the Hearlink blog, we’re all about celebrating, but normally we prefer the sorts of celebrations that champion the health of you and your ears. That’s why we set-up this blog, to help educate our customers and patients about the information that will help you make the right decisions for you. We don’t believe that there’s any one off-the-shelf solution for all; instead, we believe that solutions for your hearing loss and your health should be as unique and special as you. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the joy of the celebrations in your life, so today, we’re discussing how to make the most of them while taking care of your ears.

 

While fireworks are visually appealing, they come with quite the high levels of noise. In fact, firework displays range from 120 – 170 decibels. Want to put that into perspective? If you’re having a casual conversation with someone next to you, you can assume that that conversation will be right around 60 decibels. A little bit of a jump, right?

 

Anne Sommer, who is an audiology clinical instructor in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University agrees. “The volume level of the fireworks and duration of exposure to them are key when considering potential risk for hearing loss. Noise induced hearing loss is 100 percent preventable with noise awareness education in addition to consistent and proper use of hearing protection.”

 

It’s an ongoing conversation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as far as what is an acceptable level of noise. Currently they share that 85 decibels is when noise protection should be thought of as a best practice. If you shoot up to 140 decibels, you’re looking at different levels of pain. Let’s compare this to sunscreen SPF levels. The higher the temperature, the more SPF you’re supposed to wear and the less time you’re supposed to spend in the sun without reapplying. Every time you see a 5-decibel increase in your environment, the OSHA has made the recommendation that you should cut your exposure time in half.

 

Bringing this back to fireworks and celebrations – your average fireworks display can be 30 minutes long, but it’s only after minute seven, that you begin to see an impact to your hearing loss.

 

So, how can you still enjoy loud music and fireworks at celebrations? Bring your hearing protection! Hearlink recommends that you invest in earmuffs and roll-down earplugs. There’s no so thing as too much protection. After all, you still get to enjoy the visuals!

 

We hope that you have lots of celebrating in your future and that you do it safely. Questions? Comments? Let the Hearlink team know. We would love to hear from you anytime and set your ears up for success.

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