Last year after the Fourth of July we received calls from a few patients who had set off fireworks way too close for comfort. OUCH! These patients experienced tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and temporary threshold shifts (muffled hearing). Fireworks put off very dangerous levels of sound, in the range of 150-175 dB. The World Health Organization recommends that adults should not be exposed to peak sound pressure over 140 dB SPL - for children it's 120 dB SPL.
Here are some tips for enjoying Fourth of July fireworks safely:
- Educate yourself about noise and hearing
- Note your distance from the fireworks
- Invest in hearing protection for the whole family. Some of our favorites:
HAVE A HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!