With Halloween just around the corner, you may be planning on getting together with friends and family to watch a fireworks show or two.
Any sounds that are above 85 dB are considered harmful to your hearing, and the blast of a firework greatly exceeds that by being in the 150 to 175 dB range.
The further away from the blast you are, the safer you will be from hearing damage. However, it’s still a great idea to wear some hearing protection (ear muffs or earplugs), whether you are the person lighting the fireworks, or standing 20 meters away. Please make sure to be extra mindful of children’s ears, as they are much more sensitive to noise.
If you think there may have been a change in your hearing from noise exposure, we recommend booking a hearing test so it can be monitored.