Pop! Goes That Balloon, and Maybe Your Hearing

Pop! Goes That Balloon, and Maybe Your Hearing


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FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Blowing up your kid’s birthday balloons could end in a bang — and hearing loss, new research suggests.

The Canadian study found that a bursting balloon can create sound that’s louder than a shotgun and might damage hearing.

Hearing loss is insidious — every loud noise that occurs has a potential lifelong impact,” said study lead author Bill Hodgetts, an associate professor of audiology at the University of Alberta.

His team measured the noise made by busting balloons three different ways: popping them with a pin, inflating them until they ruptured, and crushing them until they burst.

The loudest noise was made by the ruptured balloon. At 168 decibels, it was louder than a 12-gauge shotgun, according to the investigators.

The maximum impulse level a person is exposed to should not exceed 140 decibels, according to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety. While the study couldn’t prove that