We want to thank Parent Map for their recent article: Bring the Noise: How Loud is Too Loud to Cause Hearing Loss in Kids? highlighting the importance of hearing protection in loud environments.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) damage is caused by an overexposure to sounds in a sudden spurt or through long/repeated exposure to sounds over 85 decibels (dB). The average concert is measured around 110-130dB and this September’s Seattle vs. San Francisco game at CenturyLink Field, sound level reached 136.6 decibels, matching the noise of jet engine.
While we are proud of our 12th Man status and attaining the record for the loudest stadium it is important to know the dangers of loud environments and protect our ears.
If you have ever been in a loud environment such as a sporting event or concert you probably noticed a ringing or buzzing in your ears afterwards. This condition is called tinnitus and can be temporary, intermittent or permanent.
Over 50 million Americans (1 in 5 people) are affected by tinnitus and the condition can often cause trouble hearing, working or even sleeping.
As our environments are getting louder it is important for us to know the risks to hearing health and protect ears to prevent hearing loss.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss is 100% preventable and earplugs are an easy way to protect your hearing in loud environments. If you are routinely in loud environments you can even personalize your ear plugs with customized personal hearing protection.