As the Summer comes to an end and we gear up for the football season, consider purchasing some ear plugs before heading out to the stadium. What? Ear Plugs? At a football stadium? Yep, that’s right. The loudest crowd roar ever recorded at a football stadium was a whopping 142.2 decibels. That’s louder than a jet engine taking off right next to you.
Autzen Stadium in Oregon has often been referred to as the “House of Loud”, but this is the case for all football stadiums. Whether it’s a loud cheer when someone scores, the sound of the announcer or the marching band, football stadiums are among the loudest venues in the World.
Loudest NFL Stadiums
Prolonged exposure to noises over 80 decibels are damaging to your hearing. The noise at a football stadium averages 80 – 90 decibels, sometimes more. For someone that attends football games often (or works at a stadium), the damage to their hearing is cumulative over time, meaning they are at a greater risk of developing permanent hearing loss.
Wearing ear plugs reduces noise by 20 – 30 decibels bringing noise exposure down to a safer level. Remember, it may only take one noisy game to permanently damage your hearing. Do you really want to take the risk?