Elton John sang “I’m Still Standing,” Stevie Wonder crooned “Isn’t She Lovely,” and Sir Paul McCartney sent “All My Loving” as music royalty celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign with a concert outside Buckingham Palace this past week. The noise levels at the jubilee concert must have been a bit too loud for Queen Elizabeth because she was photographed wearing ear plugs! Come to think of it, the concert was probably too loud for anyone who was listening without some form of ear protection. An amplified concert can reach noise levels over 110 dB, an astonishing 25 dB higher than what is considered to be a safe sound.
If the concert didn’t produce enough noise for the spectators to listen to and for the Queen to protect herself from, the concert capped off with an extraordinary firework display.
A firework display can produce a noise level between 88 dB and 155 dB, depending on the distance you are from the action. This is a very damaging noise level and one where everyone should do what they can to protect their hearing, especially when it comes to a child’s hearing.
Children’s hearing is especially sensitive to loud sounds and as hearing plays an important role when it comes to the development of communication, social and learning skills. Protecting a child’s hearing from noise such as that of a firework is imperative.
For more information on hearing protection or hearing loss in general, contact The Hearing Professionals today at (414) 332-3377.