Are you ready for football season? It’s one of the best parts of fall, and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably planning to attend a Philadelphia Eagles game. Going to a football game, or any sporting event is an incredibly fun experience. From tailgating, to the food, to the sense of comradery among a crowd–everything about a sporting event is more fun when you’re in the stands enjoying it.
If you’ve ever been to a football game, you know how loud it can be. It’s part of the experience, right? The average game has a noise level of around 80 to 90 decibels. In other words, it’s loud!
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, this level of noise is dangerous. Any noise exposure registering at 85 decibels or higher for long periods of time is damaging to your hearing, meaning you will experience noise-induced hearing loss.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that there’s something you can do about it and still enjoy an Eagles game from the stands. Here’s how:
1. Bring earplugs.
When a game gets exciting, you can bet that the crowd is going to get rowdy. That’s one of the best parts of the game day! You don’t have to miss it just because you’re worried it will be too loud. Earplugs are an easy, inexpensive way to protect your hearing.
At Associates in Hearing, we have earplugs available for purchase, and you can even buy some generic earplugs at a drugstore. If you’re looking for something more custom, we do custom-fit earplugs, too.
2. Have a plan.
Sporting events are fun, but it can be overwhelming if you or someone you’re with has hearing loss. It can be especially risky for someone with untreated hearing loss to go somewhere loud and unfamiliar. What if you can’t hear the people you’re with over the loud noise?
Most arenas have captioning services or other hearing assistance to those who need it, so make sure you or whoever you’re with knows what’s available to make the experience more enjoyable. Plan ahead if you get separated from your group by making sure you have everyone’s cell phone number and arrange a spot to meet up in case you get lost.
3. Treat your hearing loss.
Taking your hearing loss seriously might not seem related to enjoying a sporting event, but it could greatly affect just how much you enjoy your experience. Untreated hearing loss affects how you communicate with others. When you don’t communicate well, you might be tempted to forego effective communication altogether, ultimately isolating yourself from others and those you care about most.
Treating your hearing loss will let you hear and enjoy every aspect of the game. But more than that, it will let you enjoy the game with those you love and care about most.
The next time you go to an Eagles game, don’t leave home without being prepared. Bring earplugs to help protect your hearing from noise-induced hearing loss. Create a plan so you don’t find yourself frustrated. Treat your hearing loss so you can fully enjoy every second of the game.
If you need help treating your hearing loss, don’t wait to give us a call. At Associates in Hearing, we want to make sure you are hearing better than ever and staying connected to the people (and sports!) that matter to you most. Give us a call today at (215) 855-4217.