by researchers at the University of Alberta found that popping a balloon generates a noise that can reach 168 decibels (dB), louder than a jet engine.
The shock to tiny eardrums may seem like nothing but it does raise the question of safety thresholds for impulse noise, created by a sudden burst of intense energy, that can result in gradual hearing loss. The researchers say the sudden noise can lead to gradual hearing loss.
is a conversation starter," said Bill Hodgetts, an Associate Professor of Audiology. "We are not saying don’t play with balloons and don’t have fun, just try to guard against popping them. Hearing loss is insidious - every loud noise that occurs has a potential lifelong impact. We want people to be mindful of hearing damage over a lifetime".
It is important to ensure that children aren’t subjected to regular noise exposure above 85 decibels as there are increased risks to damaging hearing. Hearing loss is one of those invisible problems – until you have it, you don’t even think about it. Once you have it, it impacts everything.
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