Zero decibels (0 dB) is the quietest sound audible to a healthy human ear. From there, every increase of 3 dB represents a doubling of noise intensity. For example, noise measured at 88 dB is double the intensity of noise measured at 85dB.
Noise is cumulative. If one amusement ride emits a sound level of 91 dB(A) and a second amusement ride is placed beside it that emits exactly the same sound level, then the combined sound level is 94 dB(A), not 180 dB(A).
The separate midway ride areas and agricultural shows can often create complex conditions for exposure to noise, due to the high number of amusement devices grouped together in one area.
There is a lot of activity on the grounds – games, rides, crowds, music and a general hubbub all around. When searching for a spot for lunch, seek out food stands and cafes with outdoor seating and quiet corners. Excess noise and loud interior spaces make it difficult to focus on the conversation. Having an eye for hearing-friendly locales can cut back on the stress and mental exhaustion it takes to decipher multiple sounds at once.
Your hearing aids are delicate mechanisms, as well as expensive investments. Since they play such an important role in your day-to-day life, it’s important to protect them on the rides. On thrilling rides like zip-lines, bungee jumps, roller coasters and water rides, you could run the risk of your hearing aid becoming dislodged and lost, or damaged by water. Keep a hearing aid case on hand so you can safely store it before starting the ride. If you wear your hearing aid on a water ride check that the soak factor is low and wear a splash guard to protect against any residual water damage.
Roller coasters are one of the biggest draws, and while they provide the adrenaline rush of a lifetime, they also have the potential to damage your hearing in a way you might not expect. When riding a powerful ride such as a roller coaster, be sure to face forward for the duration of the ride to prevent your ears from directly absorbing the full force of the roller coaster’s speed. Extreme altitude changes are dangerous enough for your hearing without the added pounding of a roller coaster drop.
Remember these simple tips and enjoy your day at our world famous Calgary Stampede!