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Canada Day Weekend: Protect your Hearing

Canada Day Fireworks hearing loss
On July 1st, we celebrate Canada Day.  As fun as this might be, it is important to remember that fireworks can reach up to 155 decibels.  To put this into perspective, this is louder than a jet plane taking off or a jackhammer.
To ensure that you are enjoying the fireworks in the safest way possible, protect yourself from noise induced hearing loss when lighting fireworks in your backyard.  This is in fact riskier than attending a professional fireworks show.
Stand far enough away from fireworks at all times, and never hold a firework in your hand when lit. Wear earplugs or headphones, especially for children, to protect their ears from fireworks and other loud noises.

 Signs of hearing loss include:

  • Hearing ringing, buzzing, or hissing noises one or more days after exposure to fireworks.
  • Muffled hearing after the fireworks.
  • Suddenly having to turn up the volume of the television, radio, or stereo and having other family members complain that the volume is too loud.
  • Difficulty understanding people speaking to you and asking people to repeat themselves.
  • Difficulty with phone conversations and understanding the other person.
  • Sudden inability to hear the doorbell, crickets, the dog barking, and other household sounds.
  • Difficulty understanding speech in background noise.  

An audiologist is a vital part of hearing health and balance care, and can help with noise-induced hearing loss that happens over time, as well as from one noise exposure incidence. If you’re worried about any signs of hearing loss after the weekend, or want to get an annual check-up, please call the Hearing Institute of Ontario to schedule an appointment.

At the Hearing Institute of Ontario, your hearing health is important to us.
Contact our Mississauga, Oakville or Scarborough office for a FREE consultation with our knowledgeable and experienced audiologists, to discuss the best hearing solution for your hearing loss type.

Differences Between an Audiologist and a Hearing Instrument Dispenser

Audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists are both professionals trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat hearing and balance issues, but their roles, educational backgrounds, and scopes of practice differ. Here are some key differences:

Educational Background


Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Scope of Practice


Hearing Instrument Specialist

Regulatory Bodies


Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Services Provided


Hearing Instrument Specialist

All client care at Hearing Institute of Ontario is provided by certified Audiologists who are registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario


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