If you live in Canada or the U.S., you’ll be celebrating in early July. But you’ll also be in preparation mode: Those burgers aren’t going to grill themselves, the chairs need to be set out early for this year’s parade, and the kids need their patriotic outfits. To help out, we’re going to make this easy yet essential to-do for you: Protect your family’s hearing this holiday.
What You Need to Know About Fireworks and Your Hearing
The amount of damage that fireworks cause to your hearing depends on:
- The distance you are from them
- The intensity of their explosion
- How old you are
The bangs and booms from fireworks can cause serious hearing damage, with sounds reaching 150 decibels (dB) at 3 feet.
For adults, the recommendation from the World Health Organization is not to be exposed to more than 140 decibels (dB) of peak sound pressure (like a firearm or a jet engine); children shouldn’t be exposed to more than 120 dB (like a jet plane takeoff or a siren). Because of their sensitivity to noise, children under 12 months should not be exposed to fireworks.
Long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 dB (like a snowblower or a bulldozer) can cause hearing loss. The bigger the boom, the less time it takes for damage to happen. Exposure to loud sounds such as fireworks can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. These ailments can affect all ages. – Pro Tip: For best use, roll the earplug between your fingers before placing it in your ear. This allows it to expand in your ear canal, giving you more sound protection.
If you want more information about hearing protection or customized solutions for you and your family, contact us — we’re here to help.
– Pro Tip: For best use, roll the earplug between your fingers before placing it in your ear. This allows it to expand in your ear canal, giving you more sound protection.