Here’s How to Protect Your Ears from Fireworks during Diwali Celebrations

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Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated throughout the world, especially in India and other nations with significant Indian populations. Celebrated with prayer, prosperity and the gift of knowledge, Diwali is an occasion for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains to reunite with family and friends. This festival is also a time to bring light to the hearts and minds of people who have been in darkness. Known as the ‘Festival of Light,’ or ‘, Diwali is celebrated with pomp and glory, with family prayers, gifts, food

They also celebrate it with fireworks, which are used to symbolize a hope for a better future. In addition, fireworks are used to cheer up people who are sad or in mourning. They are also used to scare away evil spirits and ward off bad luck. Needless to say, celebrating Diwali involves using fireworks; however, it’s important to use them safely.

Loud fireworks can damage the delicate hair cells of the inner ear. The maximum safe decibel level, according to the World Health Organization, is 140 decibels for adults and 120 dB for children. Any fireworks exposure for infants should be avoided. Since a baby’s ear canal is significantly smaller than that of an adult or older child’s, a baby’s ears are more sensitive to sound pressure.

Safety Tips for Your Ear Care

Portrait of young girl with ear muffs

We recommend people to wear earplugs or earmuffs. as a safety measure. These protectors are especially helpful during outdoor fireworks that are attended by thousands of people at once. These ear protectors help people hear while blocking loud noises- but they don’t block noise altogether. After all, they still let you hear loud noises such as sirens or yelling people. They’re only helpful when necessary- so use them wisely!

Another approach is to keep a safe distance away from the fireworks show. Your distance to the sound of the fireworks can significantly affect its decibel level and potential for causing hearing damage because the sound is less damaging to ears the further you are from it. You can still see the fireworks quite well from a distance of around 500 feet, but the inner ear’s small hair cells won’t be harmed by the loud noise.

Beautiful shot of red fireworks over a lake in switzerland at night

Although celebrating Diwali involves using fireworks, protecting your hearing is important no matter what you’re doing. Protect your hearing by following these tips!

Awam Clinic Glenmarie takes this opportunity to wish everyone celebrating a very Happy Diwali! Let’s celebrate the festival in the true sense by spreading joy and light up the world of others. Have a happy, safe and blessed Diwali!


Diwali: Festival of Lights. (2021, November 8). Pages. Retrieved October 21, 2022, from

How to Protect Your Hearing This Diwali. (2022, October 18). Practo. Retrieved October 21, 2022, from

WHO. (2022, February 23). Deafness and hearing loss: Safe listening. World Health Organization. Retrieved October 21, 2022, from

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