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Hearing doctors caution people using fireworks

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BURBANK, Wash. -- Many people will celebrate the holiday with fireworks, but how many think about protecting their hearing? Hearing doctors say it's something that should be on your mind.

Audiologists at the Columbia Basin Hearing and Balance Center say normal or safe hearing levels are around 85 decibels. But fireworks exceed that at 150 to 160.

They say not thinking about your hearing could spell trouble, "some of my patients that as children we're playing with firecrackers and one detonated close to their ears and it can cause very severe hearing loss," explains Audiologists Shannon Aiello. 

Doctor Aiello says some tips to keep in mind include staying a safe distance away, and using earplugs or headphones to muffle any noise.

And if possible just watch the fireworks presentation from the pros.

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