We’ve been getting excited about summer activities all year: trips to the beach, chilling out by the pool, and damaged hearing? That’s correct, summer has many unseen potential risks to your hearing, either from loud noises or the external situations you could find yourself in. Any noises above 80 decibels could injure your ears, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can cause permanent loss of hearing. To keep your hearing safe this summer, you need to be mindful of your surroundings and take precautions. Read on to discover the summer’s six hidden hazards to your hearing.
When You Travel to Concerts, Put on Hearing Protection
Summer is concert season, but even if attend an outdoor arena, you still need to take care of your ears. Concerts can reach over 90 decibels, even at outside shows, which is inside of the danger zone of hearing loss. That’s why it’s always a smart strategy to use earplugs whether you’re seeing a concert indoors or outdoors. Earplugs dampen the sound while still enabling 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 because kids have more delicate hearing than adults.
It’s More Than Just Loud at Fireworks
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. This is not about the expert 4th of July displays, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summer cause many of injuries. In addition to causing hand traumas, loss of vision, and house fires, backyard fireworks can also result in significant damage to your ears since they’re known to reach decibel levels of 155. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the show from a safe and sound distance.
Loss of Hearing Can be Brought About by Lawnmowers
If you love to take care of your yard, mower, edger, and trimer are your best friends. But have you ever noted how off your ears feel after you finish, making everything sound muffled? That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. If you’ve ever seen landscapers, you probably have noticed them using hearing protection, you should take a cue from them and wear earmuffs or earplugs next time you take care of your yard to ensure your ears stay healthy.
Beaches And Pools, What You Need to do to Safeguard Your Ears
Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which happens when bacteria-laden water gets trapped in your ear canal. The bacteria will then infect the ear, producing swelling and painful earaches. It’s not only lakes and rivers that have these bacteria, they can sometimes be found in hot tubs and pools if they are not cleaned and treated correctly. But if you have your ears treated by a hearing specialist you will probably be fine, and no permanent loss of hearing will happen. To counter swimmer’s ear, though, you will want to wear specialized swimming earplugs in the pool and have your pool water tested to be sure the chemical balance is ok.
Water Sports And Boats
If you enjoy the water, summer is beach and boating time for you. But, jet ski and boat engines are usually noisy,we’re talking more than 100 decibels. Sustained exposure to that kind of noise for around 15 minutes can bring about permanent hearing damage. Once again, it’s really a smart choice to use a couple of disposable, foam earplugs while you’re out on the water to make sure you don’t unintentionally harm your hearing.
Car Races Can Injure Your Ears
It doesn’t matter what kind of auto racing you enjoy, midget, Formula 1, drag racing, motorcycle Formula 1. Every one of them can present a huge challenge for your hearing if you go to many races during the summer. 120 dB is inside of the danger zone for hearing impairment and many races go way above this. Earplugs are your best bet at these races, although your kids should probably use the earmuffs we mentioned earlier. Because you might not be able to appreciate the sounds of any races in the future if you don’t.