#HearingFactFriday: It’s going to get loud in Minneapolis on Sunday

This weekend will feature one of the most popular sporting events in the world. And this year it’s here in Minnesota. U.S. Bank Stadium — our two-year old, fixed-roof stadium — is the venue. With 66,000+ people cheering and Justin Timberlake performing at half time, it’s going to get loud!

How loud? Not as loud as three weeks ago, probably (can you say Minneapolis Miracle)! And not as loud as the 10 loudest sports stadium moments ever recorded, which, averaging 131 decibels (dB), were as loud as a military jet engine at takeoff. But loud nonetheless. 

Do earplugs come in team colors?

It’s not abnormal for an indoor sporting event to average 90 dB — and that’s without cheering. Add in a roaring crowd, and it’s a similar level to a table saw, jackhammer or chainsaw. Would you operate those several hours straight without hearing protection? That’s a rhetorical question, because you definitely should not! 

So think twice about attending your next live sporting event without some kind of hearing protection. You can still enjoy the thrills and excitement, while leaving out the ringing ears and hearing loss.

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