Fireworks and Hearing Loss
With July 4th around the corner, fireworks tend to be part of Pembroke Pines annual festivities. While beautiful to behold and impressive to hear and feel, fireworks are known to produce a sound output that is in the 150 to 175 decibel range. As a comparison, a jet engine produces sound in the 135 decibel range. Each year, many people experience some damage to their hearing as a result of close exposure to fireworks and their percussive sounds.
Exposure to loud sudden booming sounds like the kind found in firework spectacles can result in:
- Tinnitus – ringing in the ears, which can be a symptom of hearing loss.
- Temporary threshold shift – slight decrease in hearing, which usually only lasts 24 hours.
- Permanent hearing loss – a change in hearing that is permanent and cannot be restored.
Southeastern Ear Nose and Throat of Pembroke Pines and serving Davie and the rest of Southern Broward urges you to protect your ears and hearing this July 4th, New Years and all year round.
Stay a safe distance away, or use protective earplugs or headphones to ensure your hearing safety.
Our ENT office is ready to assist if you find yourself concerned about your hearing.