Monday, July 4, 2005

July 4 Fireworks Can Cause Permanent Hearing Loss

ORANGE, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – July 4 typically ends with a bang – literally – with a fireworks display, but the loud noise caused by the exhibition could blow out your ear drums.

According to Dr. William Luxford, medical director at the House Ear Clinic in Orange, California, the loud bang of just one Roman candle can cause “acoustic trauma” to an ear, and lead to a temporary or permanent “drop in hearing.”

Luxford says this kind of “instantaneous trauma” can’t be treated with either medicine or surgery so, in his words, “Since you can’t treat it, you have to prevent it.”

He recommends keeping a safe distance away from the fireworks and using earplugs if the noise becomes unbearable.

Luxford admits this type of injury is uncommon for July 4 celebrations, but insists it can and does happen – especially to the folks who light and shoot off the works.

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