Fourth of July is fun to celebrate. What highlights independence day more than fireworks?! But be careful. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, fireworks are a whopping 150 decibels. That’s higher than a plane, a rock concert, jackhammer, or street noise, which are all progressively less harsh on hearing. In fact even street noise can cause hearing loss at 85 decibels.
Permissible noise exposure limits for sounds at 115 decibels are 15 minutes per day, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Be kind to your ears. Help them last a lifetime by wearing hearing protection on Fourth of July--maybe you can find some red and blue ones to show your patriotism.
For more information on hearing loss, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.