Photo credit: Charles from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Fireworks scare dogs. Both USA Today and Wisconsin Public Radio have warnings about how fireworks stresses animals, and things you can do to try to keep your pets--especially dogs--calm. Some communities have started using quiet fireworks, that don’t have the “BOOM” associated
Photo credit: Jonas Von Werne from Pexels by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist A recent article is a good reminder that fireworks can damage hearing. Fireworks are loud explosive blasts of sound that can cause permanent hearing loss, tinnitus or ringing in the ears, and hyperacusis or painful decreased sound tolerance. Even temporary distortion, muffling,
Photo credit: Kaique Rocha from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This report from television station WLKY in Louisville, Kentucky correctly warns that noise from fireworks can cause permanent hearing loss. The report doesn’t explicitly state this, but I think they are talking about “do it yourself” fireworks, not fireworks displays in
Ford designs noise-proof kennels for noise-hating dogs. That’s a nice gesture, but it’s obviously an expensive—and unattainable—piece of kit. Instead, we can help all dogs by demanding quiet fireworks.
Fireworks banned on the Galapagos to protect wild life. Kudos to Ecuador for taking action—it’s clear that fireworks pose a serious health threat to all living things.