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Ear Question about whistles
An_187655 posted:
I was wondering if frequently blowing a whistle during the day could damage my ears. I work as a dean in a middle school and my job requires me to use a whistle during certain points during the day. It is a regular sports referee whistle I got from amazon. I have noticed that my ears hurt when I do this and I was wondering if this can have any long term damage to my eardrums. Does anyone have any information on this for me?? Thanks a lot!

Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
I don't know the decibel level of your whistle, but prolonged exposure to loud noises can definitely cause some issues. Get your hearing tested and consider using some simple foam insert ear protection when you are doing a lot of whistling...or switch to a different type of audible alarm for those noisy middle-schoolers.