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A 53-year-old male asked:

Is the sound of water and bubbles going past my ears when swimming front crawl loud enough to cause hearing loss?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Very doubtful;: Not only is it not that loud, it's also not loud in the higher registers. The starter's gun (if they still use such things) is probably worse.
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Dr. Edward Rhee
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 29 years experience
No: Noise-induced hearing loss is based upon sound intensity and duration of exposure. 90 db is the sound intensity at which exposure for greater than 8 hours per day puts an individual at risk for hearing loss. Examples of 90 db would be hair dryer, motorcycle, blender, etc. The noise exposure from swimming is inadequate to cause such loss.
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Last updated Oct 8, 2017

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