Whether you are a racer, fan, or first-timer, the Las Vegas Speedway is a great spot for high-octane excitement. Some of the upcoming events at the Speedway are:
- 2018 Pennzoil 400 Weekend (March 2-4)
- DENSO Spark Plug NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (April 6-8)
- 2018 South Point 400 Weekend (September 13-16)
- NHRA Toyota Nationals (October 25-28)
When attending these events or racing on the track yourself, protecting your hearing should a priority.
Vehicle Racing Ranks High On The Decibel Chart
On the decibel chart, 90-95 decibels are the sound threshold where sustained exposure can result in hearing loss. Depending on your distance from the track, stock car racing range in decibels from 96.5-109 dB.
That’s pretty loud, especially since many races last around 3 hours. That kind of prolonged exposure can definitely affect your hearing. You may not even notice right away that your hearing has been affected as adrenalin can dampen the effects of hearing damage. But for unprotected ears, the effects can be highly detrimental.
What Happens To Unprotected Ears
Your hearing can suffer from several detrimental effects from prolonged unprotected exposure to loud sounds. Some of these effects are:
- Temporary hearing loss – If you were far enough away from the track or racing a quieter car with your helmet on, you may only experience temporary hearing loss. Your hearing sensitivity may be dulled for a few hours post-Speedway but you can recover your hearing.
- Tinnitus – Often a result of a minor-to-moderate level of hearing loss, if you leave the Speedway with ringing, buzzing, roaring, or other consonant sounds, you may have sustained permanent hearing damage. At this time, you can manage tinnitus symptoms but there is no cure.
- Noise-related pain – If you have a headache or ear pain, you likely sustained some hearing loss as a result of overexposure to loud sounds.
- Permanent hearing damage – Extended exposure to loud sounds at the 96.5-109 dB can definitely result in permanent hearing impairment.
You can avoid all these problems by simply making sure you pack a pair of earplugs when going to the Las Vegas Speedway.
Hearing Aid Adjustments When Going To The Speedway
If you already have hearing aids and are going to visit the Las Vegas Speedway, be sure to drop by our office. We can help you adjust your hearing aids so they will be at a comfortable level for a visit to the Speedway. Contact us today for an appointment either of our two offices!