HearDat: Protect your hearing at NFL Games

Extreme crowd noise can trigger hearing issues and ringing in the ears, says CNC Hearing and Balance Center in New Orleans.

Are you ready for some football?   Got your hearing protection? The 70,000 Whodats in the Mercedes Benz Superdome have proven to be the perfect 12th man.  Great for football but the noise level can have a lasting impact on your hearing. says CNC Hearing and Balance Center in New Orleans.  On Sundays in the Superdome, thousands of Saints fans straining their vocal cords in unison routinely pushed above 105 decibels, according to readings on a sound meter viewed by the New Orleans Advocate.    It is not unusual for levels to reach 110 decibels in the Mercedes Benz Superdome during the most exciting parts of the game.

That makes for great football but according to CDC guidelines,  that level of noise can damage your hearing after just 15 minutes.  Whodat fans in the Dome are potentially exposed to sound at levels beyond the daily safe limit. It can damage the lining of the inner ear and cause temporary hearing loss, marked by ringing in the ear, according to the audiologists and hearing experts at CNC Hearing and Balance Center in New Orleans.

You can still experience the excitement and protect your hearing by using ear plugs or ear muffs. At the very least, purchase some online or over the counter. But for maximum protection, invest in ear plugs made to fit the contours of your ear.  Rolled up tissue offer no hearing protection.  An easy solution for kids is a set of earmuffs that can be purchased on Amazon or Baby Banz.

At CNC Hearing and Balance Center, our audiologists can custom-fit ear plugs to offer maximum protection for your hearing. The process takes only a few minutes to make an impression of your ear canal.  The impression is then sent to a lab, where a customized earplug is made to perfectly fit the shape of your ear.

You will get a lot of use out of your customized ear plugs. They can be used for many years and for many different events, not just extremely loud football games or concerts. Ear plugs are useful protection against more moderate sounds at sustained levels. The effect of lower volumes listened to over long periods is the same as that of louder sounds heard over a short period.

At CNC Hearing & Balance Center, we also offer free hearing screenings to assess whether you need a hearing aid or device. Call our clinic at 504-934-8320.

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