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New Year for your ears

You cover your eyes with safety glasses when setting off or looking at fireworks. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to also protect your ears?

WARNING! Fireworks are just as loud as gunshots

Some nice booms and bangs are part of it all when celebrating New Year. But did you know that exploding fireworks can easily exceed 120 decibels (dB), which is far beyond the safe sound level of 85dB?

Being too close to exploding fireworks can result in a temporary or permanent hearing loss, so to be on the safe side you should see them from a distance or wear some kind of hearing protection.

Prepare your hearing aids for noise

As a hearing aid user, you should prepare your hearing aids for the noise and choose a noise reduction program. You can also choose a lower sound level or turn off your hearing aids. Or you can combine your hearing aids with earmuffs.

Use earmuffs or earplugs

Experts agree that exposure to noise above 85 dB is dangerous. The louder the sound, the shorter the time period is before hearing loss can occur. So, take care of your own ears and the people’s around you if they are exposed to noise and fireworks, either for a long period or at a close distance. Earplugs are not that expensive, and they can reduce the sound level by around 30dB.

Remember that if it’s too loud for you, it is also too loud for children. Our little ones’ ears are more sensitive and less tolerant of noise. Hearing loss has a huge impact on children and can affect their cognitive development. Buy earmuffs for your children when celebrating New Year.

Rest your ears on New Year’s Day

After a loud evening, your ears need to recover away from noisy surroundings.

Experts recommend that you rest your ears for at least 16 hours after really loud events. And preferably for much longer. Otherwise, you increase the risk of a permanent hearing loss.

Reference:
https://www.asha.org/About/news/Press-Releases/2014/ASHA-Urges-Public-to-Protect-Hearing-During-July-4-Fireworks/
https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/hearing-problems/Pages/tips-to-protect-hearing.aspx

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