Boys Town, Neb. (PRWEB) June 21, 2013
Whether you are shooting fireworks in your drive-way or watching a public display, you could be at risk of having some hearing damage.
How Fireworks Affect Hearing
Fireworks produce a sound output that is in the 150 to 175 decibel range.
There are two things to note when considering whether or not fireworks will have the potential to cause hearing loss:
“You can think about watering trees,” said Nathan Williams, AuD., Audiologist at Boys Town Ear, Nose and Throat Institute. “When you put your thumb over the mouth of the hose, the diameter of the opening is smaller and the pressure of the water is greater. The diameter of a child’s ear canal is smaller, and thus the sound pressure built up in a child’s ear canal is great, resulting in a perceived louder sound by the child. ”
Exposure to louds sounds can result in the following:
Protect Your Ears
Roll down foam ear plugs or headphones that sit over top of the ear can offer some protection against the loud noise. If you will be setting off fireworks or are watching nearby, both roll-down foam plugs and headphones are strongly recommended for maximum hearing protection.
If a person suspects that they have had a change in hearing, a hearing test is advised. This is done so that if changes have occurred, the doctor can determine if it is a temporary or permanent hearing loss.
Although fireworks are exciting, it is important to realize they can be dangerous to your hearing. With the right precautions you and your family and friends can enjoy a happy and safe Fourth of July.
Please view our video Fireworks Can Lead to Hearing Loss.
About Boys Town
Boys Town is a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs across the United States. Now more than 90 years strong, Boys Town’s Continuum of Child and Family Services aims to provide the right services at the right time based on a child’s or family’s needs. In 2012, Boys Town’s integrated continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s traditional programs as well as those served by the many varied programs which comprise the Boys Town Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.