Top Tip to Prevent Hearing Loss At Halloween
Your little ghosts, superheroes and princesses are probably counting down the days until Halloween and having dreams about the sweets they’ll collect. You’re likely worrying about keeping them safe while they trick or treat. You may walk with them and carry a torch, but have you thought about the hearing impairment the night could cause?
Halloween is an exciting time for children in particular. Dressing up in a costume is good fun, as is filling a sack with tasty sweets. However, excitement brings noise, and noise can cause hearing loss. A scream of delight is still a scream, but on 31 October there can be more than that. If you prepare yourselves and your children for potential problems, you can all have a fun and safe time — and avoid noise-induced hearing loss.
The bright colors exploding in the dark sky are fun to see, but the operative word here is “exploding.” These booms are not good for the ears, and even one loud noise can cause hearing impairment. Audiologist Enda Dooley of Ballsbridge Hearing Centre, Ireland’s premier hearing healthcare provider, says the noise level can be between 125 and 155dB (decibels) — far above the safety level of 85dB. Although some aerial fireworks reach those levels, the worst offenders are the illegal ones and the “bangers” that create a sudden, deafening (truly) pop at 140dB. That level is equivalent to the sound of a gunshot, and the hearing loss damage potential is worse because it’s at close range. It only takes a few minutes of exposure to cause permanent hearing loss. The best way to stay safe while enjoying fireworks is to stay a safe distance away and keep your viewing time to a minimum. Wearing earplugs can also help soften the sound.
Halloween brings its share of scary costumes, and the reactions to seeing them are usually loud. Shouts, screams, laughing and crying are all noisier than you may think. An entire evening of that can lead to noise-induced hearing loss.
Bonfires go with the season. A crackling fire can be nice, but it also produces a lot of smoke. Smoking-related hearing loss is more often associated with cigarette smoking, but smoke can damage the cochlea of the ear. Additionally, it can aggravate breathing and sinuses — both related to the ear.
To protect your children’s hearing (and your own) this Halloween, here are some things you can do:
- Wear earplugs
- Limit your exposure to loud noise
- Stay away from smoke
- Keep your immune system strong
Have fun and stay safe this Halloween. Enjoy the treats without the tricks (hearing damage). If you have any concerns about your hearing, Hidden Hearing are experts in the field. Visit us online or call us on freephone 1 800 818 808 to have your questions answered.
Happy Halloween from all of us here at Hidden Hearing.