We’ve been looking forward to summer activities all year: going to the beach, chilling out by the pool, and injured hearing? You might find yourself in external situations or exposed to other loud sounds this summer that are hidden risks to your hearing. Any sounds over 80 decibels can harm your hearing, while lasting loss of hearing can take hold in pools or other bodies of water. To keep your hearing safeguarded this summer, you have to be conscious of your environment and take preventative measures. Here are 6 of the summer’s hidden hearing dangers.
When You Travel to Concerts, Wear Ear Protection
Whether you’re at an indoor stadium or an outside concert venue you still should wear ear protection during concerts. 90 decibels is inside the danger zone for hearing damage and concerts reach this volume even when you’re at outdoor shows. That’s the reason it’s always a smart strategy to wear earplugs regardless of whether you’re going to a concert indoors or outdoors. Earplugs reduce the sound while still allowing you to hear and get into the music. If you’re going to a performance with young children, consider getting them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs because kids have more delicate hearing than adults.
Fireworks Can Damage Your Ears
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. It’s not exclusively the 4th of July shows that are professional that can hurt your hearing, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summer cause many of injuries. Along with causing hand traumas, blindness, and home fires, personal fireworks can also result in severe damage to your ears since they’re known to achieve volume levels of 155 dB. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the pros and enjoy the show from a safe and sound distance.
Hearing Loss Can be Caused by Lawnmowers
If you care about your lawn, mower, edger, and trimer are your best friends. But this muffled sensation in your ears is a signal that your hearing has been injured. That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. If you’ve ever observed lawn care pro’s, it is likely you have seen them wearing hearing protection, you should take a cue from them and wear earplugs or earmuffs next time you attend to your lawn to ensure your ears doesn’t get injured.
How to Protect Your Hearing at Beaches And Pools
Huge numbers of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which happens when the ear canal traps water that has lots of bacteria. The bacteria then infects the ear, producing painful earaches and swelling. It’s not only rivers and lakes that contain these bacteria, they can sometimes be found in pools and hot tubs if they are not cleaned and treated thoroughly. No lasting damage should happen if you get your ears examined by a hearing professional. To protect against swimmer’s ear, however, you will want to wear special swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water tested to be sure the chemical balance is ok.
Boats and Other Water Sports
Summer is a taste of freedom for those who enjoy being out on the water, smelling the fresh lake breeze or the salty air of the ocean. But, boat and jet ski engines are usually loud,we’re talking more than 100 decibels. Continual exposure to that kind of noise for a period of about 15 minutes can bring about permanent hearing damage. In this case also, wearing a set of disposable foam earplugs is a smart idea.
Your Ears Can be Injured by Car Races
It doesn’t make a difference what type of auto racing you love, motorcycle, midget, Formula 1, drag racing or stock cars. If you attend a lot of auto-races this summer, they all pose a peril. 120 dB is well within the danger zone for hearing impairment and a number of races go well above this. Earplugs are your best friends at these races, whereas your children should probably wear the earmuffs which were mentioned earlier. Otherwise, you might not be able to enjoy the sound of those engines as you get older.