Following a startling study from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) regarding noise-induced hearing loss in children, other hearing healthcare professionals are researching the cause, namely enjoying movies at too high of a volume.
Researchers have measured noise levels in movie theaters reaching up to 95 decibels. The current industry standard is that exposure to sounds measuring 85 decibels (a lawnmower) for an hour is very dangerous and can cause damage to the delicate hair cells within the inner ear. Responsible for helping to communicate sounds to the brain, once hair cells are damaged, they can’t necessarily be repaired, and hearing difficulties are usually the result.
In order to protect your child’s hearing health, and that of your own, there are things that can be done proactively, such as keeping the volume at a comfortable level while enjoying movies at home and sitting in the back of movie theaters to limit the noise exposure.
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Last updated: July 8, 2014