Super Bowl Sunday LIV
It should come as no surprise that football is loud. If you’re lucky enough to have scored tickets to the big game, you’ll enjoy it in the company of thousands of excited, screaming fans at the stadium. More likely, you’ll be watching at a noisy, crowded bar or on your living room couch surrounded by enthusiastic friends.
What is it about the Super Bowl that prompts us to test the strength of our vocal chords? There’s something about football that brings out the noisy side of things, regardless what team you’re rooting for. Either way, preparation is important.
Plan ahead for the big game and protect your hearing
If you landed a ticket to watch the San Francisco 49ers play the Kansas City Chiefs at Superbowl 54 in Miami, you won’t need to worry about extremely cold weather impacting your hearing aids, unless you’ll be traveling in wintry weather to get there. The Hard Rock Stadium is ADA-equipped and has both assistive listening system and closed captioning.
Still, ear plugs should be on your list of must-take items—it will no doubt be loud. NFL stadiums are notorious for reaching dangerous levels of noise. Anything above 85 dB has the potential to permanently damage your hearing, and many stadiums clock in way above that. A little football fun is not worth noise-induced hearing loss.
If you’re watching the game on TV…
…you can still put your good hearing at risk in even the comfort of home. Big Super Bowl parties are a sports lover’s tradition, albeit a noisy one. There’s always that one friend who is convinced the players will hear his enthusiastic cheering and guidance if only shouted loudly enough!
If you’re the host of such a gathering, control the volume of the television. If the TV speakers aren’t blaring, your guests may have to hold down their voices just a bit to hear the game, which in turn will keep the ambient room noise in check.
And, if you’re a guest or are watching at a bar and you can’t turn down the TV, just take a break from the noise every so often. Periods of low noise can ensure you don’t wake up on Monday morning with tinnitus and temporary hearing loss. Getting out of the noise is also a great excuse to visit the snack table.
Another tip: If you do notice trouble hearing on Monday morning, skip the extra large coffee. Research shows too much caffeine after a noisy event can make it harder for your ears to recover.
Reprinted with permission. Copyright Healthy Hearing (www.healthyhearing.com). Original article: https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52374-The-super-bowl-and-hearing-loss