July 1, 2019
(Rockville, MD) As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day this week, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is encouraging the public to make hearing protection a priority by taking some basic precautionary measures at fireworks, festivals, parades, and other events.
Many traditional Fourth of July festivities can reach potentially dangerous noise levels. Fireworks and firecrackers can be as loud as 150 decibels—louder than a jackhammer or jet plane take-off. Safe listening levels are generally 75–80 decibels. The louder the noise, the less time it takes to damage a person's hearing.
Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable. But, once it occurs, it is irreversible. Here are some tips to celebrate safely:
Anyone who continues to experience pain or ringing in the ears, or who is having difficulty hearing, should visit a certified audiologist for a hearing evaluation. Learn more at www.asha.org/public.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 204,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.