Booing During NHL Playoffs Can Hurt Your Health: Connect Hearing
Excessive arena noise threatens eardrums and hearing capacity
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (April 30, 2012) — Can booing hurt your health?
According to Connect Hearing, the answer is yes. Canada’s largest network of hearing-health clinics says the excessive noise during NHL playoff games this year — plenty of which involves booing the poor play of home teams and opposing players — increases the chance of hearing loss.
“As the chase for the Stanley Cup heats up, fans in the stands will become increasingly emotional,” says Connect Hearing Director of Professional Practice, MJ DeSousa. “We encourage people to take precautions in arena atmospheres so that they can stay connected to their friends, family and society in general for years to come.”
As Speech and Hearing Month commences, DeSousa noted that crowd noise at one NHL game in the first round of the playoffs was so loud it caused a clock error because officials couldn’t communicate with each other. The decibel level at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. was well over 100 during an April 19 Capitals-Bruins game, reports said. In that case, the fans were roaring for the home team, but in other arenas, notably those that are notorious for their fickle fans like New York’s Madison Square Garden, excessive noise can take the form of collective complaint.
“When it’s so loud that you can’t hear the person next to you, you are exposing your ears to potential damage. You may not realize the damage done for decades, but there are ways to curtail hearing loss before you feel its effects, which is why we offer complimentary hearing screenings to Canadians across the country,” DeSousa says.
Even though no Canadian team remains in the NHL playoffs, DeSousa says many Canadians will travel to see games in the U.S. and also watch the games in noisy sports bars.
“Hearing loss isn’t something that only happens in old age. Research shows that younger Canadians are at risk more and more,” DeSousa says.
With May being Speech and Hearing Month, DeSousa believes there’s no better time for individuals to make hearing health a priority. Getting a free hearing screening is the best start. For more details, contact the Connect Hearing clinic nearest to you or visit the Connect Hearing website: https://connecthearing.ca.
During Speech and Hearing Month, the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) and more than 6,000 members – speech-language pathologists, audiologists and supportive personnel across Canada – will be raising public awareness of their professions and speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders.
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