Popping balloons is one of the rites of passage at your kid’s birthday parties. Heck even at your birthday party when you were a kid. Unfortunately, there is some bad news on this topic. Children should not pop balloons based on some new scientific findings via a study that was conducted.
Children Should Not Pop Balloons For The Following Reason
So, what is the reason why children should not pop balloons? As it turns out when you pop a balloon that sound is louder than a shotgun shot. Yes, louder than a shotgun shot.
How did researchers come to this conclusion?
Hearing experts from the University of Alberta in Canada measured noise levels in popped balloons using a number of different ways.
This included using a pin to pop the balloon, squishing the balloon between your hands, and blowing up a balloon until it pops.
While, performing this experiment the hearing experts wore ear protection. Even though they were wearing ear muffs if you will, they were still spooked as the popping of the balloon reached 168 decibels, which equal to that of a shotgun shot.
Want another comparison?
If a jet flies overhead that decibel level is 140. In essence that gives you an idea of how loud popping a balloon is and why it’s so harmful to a young child’s ears.
The next time little Billy wants to pop a balloon at his or another friend’s birthday party, you might want to shy away from allowing him to do that.