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Edmonton’s hockey team is on a wild ride and everyone is excited to go along with it. Our ears, however, are not so excited. Along with amazing hockey comes cheering fans with loud voices, as well as noisemakers, horns, clapping hands and stomping feet. Add in loud speakers and we’ve got more noise than our ears can handle.

An online site called People Hearing Better stated that ‘decibel levels at a sporting event can go from a penetrating 105 to a damaging 130. That’s loud enough for a fan to feel physical pain.’ When we find ourselves in this kind of noise without hearing protection, we increase the natural risk of hearing loss as well as open ourselves up to tinnitus. Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing in the ears that can be temporary or permanent, intermittent or constant. For some it is just a mild annoyance, but for others it can be debilitating.

Let’s keep our hearing intact by lowering our risk for hearing loss and avoiding the annoyance of tinnitus so we can watch and enjoy games at the arena, the party, or the pub. Let’s remember proper hearing protection so we can continue to hear the sounds of hockey — the skates on the ice, the crack of the stick, the sound of the buzzer, and best of all the sound of the horn when the OILERS SCORE!

Contact the Living Sounds Hearing Centre to find out how you can protect your hearing.

Amanda McLeod
Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences
Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner

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