Fireworks That Are Dazzling to the Eyes Can Be Damaging to the Ears
Posted by Hearing Northwest on June 28, 2013
Every year families gather to share their patriotic sentiments under a dazzling display of fireworks. While the majestic beauty of the fireworks usually create 'ooohs' and ‘aaahs', the loud bangs and booms can cause hearing damage for observers. Recent mishaps at large fireworks shows have created a heightened awareness for the importance of wearing hearing protection, both when using and watching fireworks.
In 2012, thousands gathered around San Diego Harbor to watch the city’s annual fireworks show for the 4th of July. Accidentally all of the fireworks, two hours worth, ignited and went off at the same time. What proceeded was a massive continued explosion that gave many ill effects from hearing damage and other impacts. You can watch the video here but make sure to mute the sound. While this is not a common occurrence, anytime you are around fireworks make sure to keep your distance and wear hearing protection.
The importance in wearing hearing protection is to be heeded. According to the Better Hearing Institute, most firecrackers can produce sounds starting at 125 decibels (db). This noise level greatly exceeds the unsafe sound level of 85 db. More information can be found in their blog post
but we want to help spread the message so no one incurs hearing damage this 4th of July.