It’s finally fall! And in Houston, Texas that means one thing – football. While you break out the jerseys and plan for the tailgates, have you taken the steps needed to protect you and your loved ones from hearing loss?
Stadium Noise Can Cause Instant Hearing Loss
No matter which team you support, be it the Texans or the much despised Cowboys, any stadium can easily reach an unsafe level of volume. In fact, Kansas City Chiefs fans set a record in 2014, producing cheers measuring up to 142.2 dB. This is louder than a gunshot, jet or fireworks. Your Houston audiologist suggests investing in quality earplugs that will help prevent noise-induced hearing loss.
How Loud Is Too Loud?
Noise-induced hearing loss is the top cause of irreversible ear damage in the U.S. and affects people of all ages. This is why it is so important to remember to wear proper hearing protection, to prevent hearing loss or tinnitus. If you are a fan who can only attend one game a season, the generic over-the-counter earplugs sold at any Houston pharmacy may work for you. For those who attend many games a season (I’m looking at you, season ticket holders), custom-made earplugs may be right for you. Contact your Houston audiologist to get started.
Protection Beyond Football
While custom-made plugs can help you stay safe while watching the game, why stop there? Your Houston audiologist can craft several types of specialty earmolds made to fit your ear perfectly.
For those with specific hobbies or professions that result in regular noise exposure, musician’s monitors, hunter’s earmolds, shooter’s plugs and swimmer’s earplugs may be a better option.
If you want to learn more about hearing loss, noise exposure or hearing protection, schedule an appointment with a Houston audiologist today.