We’re just days away from the 4th of July fireworks, but it’s important to remember a few safety tips, especially when it comes to your hearing.
It’s no secret when you think of the 4th of July that fireworks come to mind, but fireworks can be dangerous and cause hearing loss if the proper measures to protect your ears aren’t taken. not taken.
In order to protect your ears this 4th of July, a Hamot audiologist advises you to keep a safe distance from fireworks and wear hearing protection such as earplugs or hearing protection.
If you’re setting off the fireworks yourself, she recommends wearing both earplugs in your ears and on the hearing protection while keeping a safe distance away.
Symptoms of temporary hearing loss are muffled hearing, ringing or buzzing in the ears one or more days after exposure to fireworks.
If these symptoms persist for several days afterwards, have your hearing checked by a doctor.
Children’s ear canals are smaller than those of adults, making children more susceptible to loud explosions in the sky.
“It can cause even more damage to children because children’s ear canals are much smaller and this built up pressure is much greater than in adults,” said Dr. Megan Leas of UPMC Hamot. “So a safe distance of around 200 feet is always a good idea. In addition to using hearing protection. You can use the earplugs that you roll up and put in your ears or the ones that go over your ears .
A sign of hearing loss to watch for for a day or two after the fireworks launch is ringing or buzzing in the ears that won’t go away.
This could be a sign of temporary or permanent hearing loss and it is important to get a hearing test from a doctor.
“It’s kind of a muffled sound in your ear that can accompany that ringing in your ear. Sometimes it can go back to normal and it would be temporary hearing loss, but sometimes it can only take one big hit. loud that will cause permanent hearing loss,” added Dr. Leas. “So it’s really important to use hearing protection, especially if you’re the one triggering them.”
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Dr. Leas suggests that all children watching fireworks wear hearing protection.