Noise levels at fireworks displays can be louder than at a rock concert and can damage hearing.
Charity Action on Hearing Loss warns that fireworks displays can reach above 120 decibels – equivalent to a jet taking off – and can contribute to long-term hearing loss.
Loud noise is the biggest cause of preventable hearing loss, with culprits including MP3 players, concerts, fireworks displays and loud music at funfairs. The cumulative effect of loud noise over time can cause permanent hearing damage.
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Gemma Twitchen, senior audiologist at Action on Hearing Loss, said: ‘Once your hearing has gone there’s no getting it back.
‘Whether you’re planning on visiting a large fireworks display or you’re setting fireworks off in your back garden, make sure you protect children’s hearing with a pair of ear defenders. Adults should use foam ear plugs.’
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