July 4th fireworks can trigger PTSD in veterans

Photo credit: Damir Mijailovic

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

We have written several blog posts over the years about fireworks frightening animals, especially dogs, but this article in Patch discusses how fireworks sounds can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in military veterans.

There are several other groups who are also at risk for stronger than usual reactions to fireworks noise: babies and children, people with hyperacusis, those with autism spectrum disorder, refugees from war-torn regions, and people who just don’t like loud noise.

We wish municipal authorities would enforce laws against home fireworks use, and would require authorized displays to use silent fireworks.

A quieter world will be a better and more peaceful world for all.


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