If you live in Canada or the U.S., you’ll be celebrating in early July. But you’ll also be in preparation mode: Those burgers aren’t going to grill themselves, the chairs need to be set out early for this year’s parade, and the kids need their patriotic outfits. To help out, we’re going to make this easy yet essential to-do for you: Protect your family’s hearing this holiday.
What You Need to Know About Fireworks and Your Hearing
The amount of damage that fireworks cause to your hearing depends on:
The distance you are from them The intensity of their explosion How old you are
The bangs and booms from fireworks can cause serious hearing damage, with sounds reaching 150 decibels (dB) at 3 feet.
For adults, the recommendation from the World Health Organization is not to be exposed to more than 140 decibels …