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The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at CDC supports #National Fireworks Safety Month in June and recommends the use of hearing protection devices while participating in noisy activities this summer.
Below are some examples of noisy activities
- Watching summer fireworks on the 4th of July
- Mowing the lawn
- Using a gas-powered lawn edger to manicure the lawn
- Using power tools for that summer project
- Jet skiing or motor boating
- Revving motorcycles
Everyday sounds typically do not damage your hearing. However, many people participate in activities that produce harmful sound levels. Such activities, when repeated over time, will cause hearing loss.
Loud noise can damage sensitive parts of the ear, causing ringing or buzzing in the ear (tinnitus), increased sensitivity to sound (hyperacusis), and hearing loss. Repeated exposure to loud noise over the years affects how well you hear later in life and how quickly you develop hearing problems, even after exposure has stopped.
Avoiding noisy situations is the best prevention. But if you can’t avoid the noise, use adequate hearing protection such as earplugs and earmuffs. You can protect your hearing and still do the things you enjoy.
Recommendations to Help Prevent Hearing Loss from Loud Noise:
- Turn down the volume of the TV, radio, or music.
- If listening to loud music, take listening breaks to reduce your exposure.
- Use quieter products (power tools, toys, recreational vehicles) whenever they are available. (For more, visit CDC’s Buy Quiet webpage.)
- Use hearing protection devices (such as earplugs or earmuffs) when you cannot avoid loud sounds.
- Make hearing protection convenient. Stash earplugs in your car, backpack, or purse for easy access.
- Keep children away from loud music or equipment at home.
At Public Events
- Move or stay far away from the loudest sound-producing source—like fireworks—especially if attending with children.
- Limit the time of exposure to loud sounds.
- Pay attention to signs and information flyers warning of possible loud noise or recommending the use of hearing protection.
- Bring hearing protection devices with you. Make it a family affair! Keep them in your car, pockets, purse, backpack, or another place that is easy to access.
Encourage your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to protect their hearing while enjoying their favorite activities this summer.
More important, please practice hearing protection year-round by planning ahead so you are always prepared to protect your hearing while enjoying your favorite activities. And remember to make it a family affair!
For more information on how “Loud Noise Can Cause Hearing Loss,” visit https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/default.html
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