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Are Your Ears Ready for Football Season?

Are Your Ears Ready for Football Season?

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

  • Arrowhead Stadium, MO – In 2014, the Kansas City Chiefs paid for a Guinness World Record adjudicator to attend a game to reclaim the title of loudest stadium in the World. Noise levels reached 142.2 decibels.
  • Centurylink Field Stadium, WA – Seattle Seahawks fans hit 137.6 decibels back in 2013. They have set the Guinness World Record twice for the loudest crowd noise.
  • Memorial Stadium, SC – This stadium is often referred to as “Death Valley”. Back in 2007, they reached 132.8 decibels. The Clemson Tigers also went for the Guinness World Record but lost out to the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Husky Stadium, WA - In 1992, the sound levels in Husky stadium reached 133.6 decibels.

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?