A Ball State audiologist is warning people to take precautions this summer as they enter a world filled with lawn mowers, concerts, marching bands and fireworks.
Sounds louder than 80 decibels have the potential to cause permanent damage. Yet noise created by fireworks, traffic, concerts and landscaping equipment ranges between 90 and 140 decibels.
Loud noises put children’s hearing at risk as well. Recent studies found that about 12.5 percent of American children have hearing loss caused by noise exposure.