Can you believe it? A new decade already. 2020 will bring new experiences for all of us, some good and some bad. But whether or not we anticipate prosperity for the new decade, we celebrate regardless. We celebrate by spending time with our friends and family. The big event in many celebrations is fireworks. Although fireworks are exciting and leaves us awe-struck, we need to protect our hearing from damage. Fireworks cause hearing loss as well as other problems like tinnitus.
So what can you do about it?
First, make sure that you bring hearing protection to the display. If you have children, make sure they’re wearing the right hearing protection as well. This can come in the form of inexpensive earplugs found at drug stores. Whatever the case, make sure to have something there to protect yourself.
Second, be sure to stand a good distance away from the fireworks. Most of the time they’re far enough away from the crowd, but that might not always be the case. Even though it’s exciting to be as close as possible, it’s not worth the hearing damage in the end.
Finally, if you’re doing a fireworks display at home, make sure they’re safe. According to healthyhearing.com, all fireworks come with a noise level rating. There are certain fireworks that are less explosive so make sure those are in your inventory.
Hearing damage and hearing loss affect us in so many ways. It’s not worth the risk when fireworks cause hearing loss. Make sure you and your loved ones are protected in 2020. If you believe you have hearing loss, come to our Hearing Center for an evaluation. For a same-day and Saturday appointment, call 770-740-1860.
Happy New Year from the family at the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute!