Specsavers’ Bonfire Night warning: ‘20 is plenty’


A hearing expert is advising people in South Devon to stand at least 20 metres away from firework displays to protect their hearing this Bonfire Night.

Sudden and excessively loud noises can damage people’s hearing, but keeping a good distance from the source of the sound can lessen its negative effects.

Gordon Harrison, Specsavers’ chief audiologist, says: ‘According to UK regulations, the legal limit for fireworks is 120 decibels. That’s a huge 35 decibels above the level of noise where hearing damage occurs.

‘The good news is, if you distance yourself enough from the fireworks – ideally at least 20 metres from where the fireworks are lit – then this should diminish the sound to a safe level.

‘If you are lighting fireworks yourself, make sure you invest in a pair of ear plugs.’

To book a hearing test, and for a range of hearing protection, visit www.specsavers.co.uk/hearing.

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