Hearing Loss

As you prepare for your Fourth of July festivities, it’s important to remember the potential harm to your hearing. While the noises of fireworks and firecrackers are iconic sounds of the holiday, they can result in irreversible hearing loss if appropriate measures aren’t taken.

Fireworks produce explosive noises that can exceed 150 decibels (dB), which is significantly louder than the average conversation at around 60 dB. Prolonged exposure to sounds above 85 dB can lead to permanent hearing loss.

The volume of the noise is directly related to how quickly it can damage your hearing. Sounds at or below 70 dB are generally safe for extended listening, whereas sounds at 80 dB (for adults) or 75 dB (for children) can cause hearing loss if exposed for more than 8 hours.

Family watching fireworks


  • Keep a safe distance:

    Stand at least 500 feet away from noise sources, such as a fireworks launch site. The closer you are, the more likely you are to hurt your ears.

  • Limit Exposure Time:

    Prolonged exposure to loud noises increases the likelihood of hearing damage. If you plan to enjoy fireworks for an extended period, take regular breaks in quieter areas to give your ears a chance to recover. This break allows your auditory system to rest and reduces the cumulative impact of noise exposure.

  • Be Mindful of Children:

    Children’s ears are susceptible to loud noises. If you’re celebrating with young ones, closely supervise their exposure to fireworks and ensure they wear appropriate hearing protection. Explain the importance of safeguarding their hearing and leading by example.

While fireworks can potentially harm your hearing, you can easily avoid this by keeping a safe distance and protecting your ears. If you experience symptoms like ringing, buzzing, or pain in your ears or head, seek medical help immediately. Remember to follow your locality’s safety regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July celebration for you and your loved ones.