We’ve been looking forward to summer activities all year: going to the beach, chilling out by the swimming pool, and impaired hearing? That’s correct, summer holds a few hidden risks to your hearing, either from loud sounds or the environmental situations you may find yourself in. Any sounds over 80 decibels can hurt your hearing, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can cause enduring hearing loss. To keep your ears safe and sound this summer, you have to be conscious of your environment and take preventative measures. Here are six of the summer’s hidden hearing risks.
Use Ear Protection at Concerts
Whether you’re at an indoor stadium or an outdoor show venue you still should use hearing protection during concerts. Concerts can have volumes that are over 90 decibels, even at outdoor shows, which is inside the danger zone of hearing loss. So regardless of whether you’re attending an inside or outside concerts, it’s a practical plan to wear earplugs. Earplugs reduce the sound while still permitting you to hear and get into the music. If you’re going to a concert with young kids, think about buying them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs because kids have more vulnerable ears than adults.
It’s More Than Just Loud at Fireworks
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. It’s not exclusively the 4th of July shows that are pro that can injure your hearing, we mean the backyard fireworks that lead to many of injuries throughout the summertime. Home fireworks achieve decibel levels of nearly 155 which can injure your ears on top of causing hand injuries, blindness and backyard fires. This year, on the 4th of July, appreciate the show from a little further away and leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Hearing Loss Can be Caused by Lawnmowers
If you’re serious about your lawn, chances are you’re out there each week on your lawnmower, trimming your bushes and using your edger. But the muffled sensation in your ears is a sign that your hearing has been damaged. That’s because the constant noise from your lawn tools impact your hearing over time. You’ve likely noticed landscapers wearing some kind of hearing protection, you should take a hint from them and use earmuffs or earplugs next time you attend to your lawn to make sure your ears doesn’t get injured.
Hears How to Protect Your Hearing When You Take a Swim
Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which happens when the ear canal traps water that is high in bacteria. Painful earaches and swelling result when the bacteria infects the ear. It’s not just lakes and rivers that have these bacteria, they can sometimes be found in pools and hot tubs if they aren’t cleaned and treated correctly. No lasting damage should take place if you get your ears checked out by a hearing expert. To protect against swimmer’s ear, however, you will want to wear specialized swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water analyzed to be certain the chemical balance is safe.
Boats and Other Water Sports
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 over 100 decibels. Permanent hearing impairment can happen after only 15 minutes of exposure to that much noise. In this case also, putting on a set of disposable foam earplugs is a smart strategy.
Car Races Can Injure Your Ears
It doesn’t matter what type of auto racing you like, midget, Formula 1, drag racing, motorcycle Formula 1. If you attend a lot of auto-races this year, they all present a peril. 120 dB is well within the danger zone for hearing loss and many races go well above this. Earplugs are your best bet at these races, although your children should definitely use the earmuffs we mentioned earlier. Because you may not get to enjoy the sounds of any races in the future if you don’t.