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Galway based audiologist warns that illegal fireworks are a hearing hazard

Industry: Healthcare

Protect your hearing this Halloween

Ireland (PRUnderground) October 29th, 2013

A leading Galway based audiologist has warned parents of the danger of permanent hearing loss posed by illegal fireworks this Halloween, particularly by bangers which can reach the same dangerous decibel level as a gunshot. According to Conor Mullarkey, audiologist with Hidden Hearing’s Galway branch, the hearing healthcare provider, there is real cause for concern as the noise level reached by many illegal fireworks is estimated to be between 125 and 155 decibels, far in excess of the recommended safe threshold level of 85db.

Some aerial fireworks have been recorded to exceed 120 db at more than 150m, while bangers are even more of a hearing hazard, reaching the same decibel level as a gunshot, which is approximately 140db.

“The majority of Galway parents are aware of the dangers of burns and scalds associated with illegal fireworks, but not many understand that irreversible hearing loss to their children’s hearing may occur due to exposure to the loud noises fireworks make. Noise higher than 85 db can cause serious damage to your children’s hearing and it may take only a few minutes of exposure to inflict permanent noise induced hearing loss.

“In the last few years Hidden Hearing has seen more and more cases of young people with hearing loss issues because they have been exposed to sounds that are too loud,” said Mr. Mullarkey. “My advice to parents is that if you and your children are watching fireworks this Halloween, keep a safe distance and try to keep the time you spend around the fireworks to a minimum. Wearing hearing protection such as earplugs would be another good idea. They are effective in adequately blocking out dangerously loud sounds and will also make the fireworks less scary to young children.”

Visit www.hiddenhearing.ie for more details on how to protect your hearing. If you or any member of your family have any questions about hearing loss or hearing damage contact Hidden Hearing on Freephone 1800 370 000. For a free hearing consultation, just click here FREE TEST.

About Hidden Hearing

Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s premier professional provider of hearing healthcare in the private sector with a national network of over sixty five branches and clinics.

Over the past 25 years across Ireland we have worked hard to develop a reputation for offering world-class hearing healthcare services and lifelong support for our patients. Hidden Hearing is the only hearing healthcare provider to offer customers a lifetime of free batteries, a 90 day money back guarantee and free six monthly check up for the life of the hearing aid. In addition, we take great pride in our modern testing facilities, staffed by highly qualified audiologists, who treat every patient as if they were our first. We are committed to improving hearing healthcare services in Ireland and we provide a national hearing screening service, conducting over 30,000 free hearing tests each year. Hidden Hearing, we listen, you hear.

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