Oiler fans have the reputation of being among the loudest in the NHL, and anyone who’s been to a game knows it’s for good reason.
Noise levels at sporting events average about 100 decibels, but Charlotte Arts from Edmonton’s Hearing Care Clinic said things can get really loud when the Oilers score a goal.
“That would be like a jet plane, or close to the noise level of a shotgun.” said Arts. “But you know, it will work up to that and come down.”
Arts said you won’t lose your hearing from just a few games, but the damage can add up.
“It’s always important to prevent any hearing loss.” said Arts. “Like when you go to a concert and you leave and you’ve got the ringing in your ears; It may last for a few hours, it may last for a day, or it may never go away.”
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Arts said simple ear plugs should be enough to prevent it, but younger children might need stronger hearing protection since their ears are still developing and are more sensitive to noise. (ms)