Hearing Loss Prevention Facts

  • Hearing loss can be prevented by using ear plugs or earmuffs when engaging in activities around excessive noise (i.e. construction, disco, shooting a gun).
  • If you have pain in your ears after leaving a noisy area or you hear ringing or buzzing (tinnitus) in your ears immediately after exposure to noise consider this as a warning sign that the sounds are TOO LOUD.
  • Examples of dangerously loud recreational activities which may cause hearing loss are: video arcades – (110 dB), firecrackers – (125-155 dB at a distance of 10 feet), live music concerts – (120 dB and above) , gunshots – (150-167 dB), movie theatres – (118 dB), health clubs and aerobic studios (120 dB), sporting events (127 dB), motorboats – (85-115 dB), motorcycles – (95-120 dB), snowmobiles – (99 dB) , “boom cars” – (140 dB and above).

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