Take Proper Precautions Before “Making Some Noise” at Basketball Games

Posted on April 29, 2014 by ECR Louisville in Blog, Hearing Aids

Everyone has seen “let’s make some noise” signs at basketball games. It’s a call to arms that brings fans to their feet. We propose adding a second line: “But not for too long.”

Basketball fans take pride in being the “sixth man,” or responsible for guarding against the audible. But the strength of the sixth man is that he or she is one of 25,000 others – or 75,000 in the final games – screaming wildly to deafen the opposing team’s ability to communicate. That’s where the real madness of March lies.

A packed basketball arena can reach noise levels of 110 to 115 decibels. If you’re sitting near the pep band it can be even louder. At those levels, it only takes about 7.5 minutes before you experience hearing damage. So when a game gets close and comes down to the final minutes, it’s not just the opposition you’re affecting, it’s your hearing as well.

e recommend foam ear plugs for these events. They usually have a 30 to 35 decibel noise reduction rating (dB NR). At extremely loud sporting events, such as NASCAR races, fans will wear over-the-ear headsets with ear plugs underneath. For basketball games, foam ear plugs will do the trick, and allow you to still enjoy the game.

So, the next time you’re attending a game and the arena gets to that ear-piercing level, remember, it’s not just the point guard who is suffering. It’s you, too. Be prepared, and make your best effort to protect your hearing.

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