Summer has finally arrived, and you’re ready for all those things we’ve been looking forward to: going to the beach, relaxing by the pool, and damaged hearing? You could find yourself in external scenarios or subjected to other loud sounds this summer that are hidden risks to your hearing. Any sounds above 80 decibels could hurt your hearing, while lasting hearing loss can take hold in pools or other bodies of water. You have to take preventative measures and be conscious of your surroundings in order to keep your hearing safe this summer. Read on to learn the summer’s 6 hidden risks to your ears.
At Concerts, Wear Hearing Protection
The summer season is concert season, but even if you’re in a venue, you still should attend to your hearing. Live music can have volumes over 90 decibels, even at outdoor shows, which is inside of the danger zone of hearing loss. So regardless of whether you’re attending an inside or outside concerts, it’s a good plan to wear earplugs. Earplugs reduce the sound while still permitting you to hear and enjoy the music. If you’re going to a show with young children, think about getting them a heavy duty set of earmuffs since their hearing is much more vulnerable than those of adults.
Fireworks Are More Than Just Loud
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. This is not about the expert 4th of July fireworks show, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summertime cause hundreds of accidents. Home fireworks get to volume levels of nearly 155 which can hurt your ears as well as causing hand problems, loss of vision and home fires. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the display from a protected and sound distance.
Loss of Hearing Can be Brought About by Lawnmowers
If you care about your yard, your edger, trimmer, and mower are your best friends. But have you ever noted how off your ears feel when you finish, how everything sounds muffled or your ears are ringing? That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, impact your hearing over time. You’ve probably noticed lawn professionals wearing some type of hearing protection, next time you work on your yard with noisy power equipment, you should take a cue from them and use earplugs or earmuffs.
Pools And Beaches, What You Need to do to Safeguard Your Hearing
Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which occurs when bacteria-laden water becomes trapped in your ear canal. Swelling and painful earaches result when the ear gets infected by the bacteria. It’s not only rivers and lakes that hold these bacteria, they can also be found in hot tubs and pools if they aren’t cleaned and treated properly. No irreversible injury should take place if you have your ears checked out by a hearing professional. To protect against swimmer’s ear, though, you will want to wear specialized swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water tested to be sure the chemical balance is safe.
Water Sports And Boats
If you enjoy the water, summertime is beach and boating time for you. But, boat and jet ski engines are usually noisy,we’re talking over 100 decibels. Permanent hearing impairment can be the result after about 15 minutes of exposure to that kind of noise. Once more, it’s probably in your best interests to wear a couple of disposable, foam earplugs while you’re out on the water to make sure you don’t unintentionally damage your hearing.
Your Hearing Can be Harmed by Car Races
It doesn’t matter what type of auto racing you love, stock cars, midgets, motorcycles, drag racing, Formula 1. Every one of them can cause a huge problem for your hearing if you go to many races this summer. 120 dB is inside of the danger zone for hearing damage and lots of races go way above this. Earplugs are your best bet at these races, although your children should probably wear the earmuffs which were mentioned earlier. Otherwise, you might not get to enjoy the sound of those engines as you get older.