Don't worry, sitting outside watching fireworks in most cases, won't hurt your hearing. Just remember to keep your time outside around fireworks to a minimum, moderation is key. You can always wear ear plugs, you can find them just about anywhere. Remember to also keep your distance. Mike Smith of Cape Girardeau is sure to keep his distance from fireworks. "If I'm close enough sometimes it can hurt my ears, but I try not to get that close," he says.