We’ve been getting excited about summer fun all year: trips to the beach, chilling out by the pool, and damaged hearing? That’s right, summer has a few hidden potential risks to your ears, either from loud noises or the environmental situations you might find yourself in. Any sounds over 80 decibels can injure your ears, while enduring hearing loss can take hold in pools or other bodies of water. You need to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings so that you can keep your hearing safe this summer. Read on to identify the summer’s six hidden threats to your ears.
When You’re at Concerts, Wear Hearing Protection
Whether you’re at an indoor stadium or an outdoor concert venue you still need to wear hearing protection during live music. 90 decibels is in the danger zone for hearing injury and concerts reach this level even at outdoor venues. So regardless of whether you’re going to inside or outside shows, it’s a smart idea to use earplugs. Earplugs dampen the sound while still permitting you to hear and enjoy the music. If you’re taking young kids to a concert, consider buying them a heavy duty set of earmuffs because kids have more sensitive ears than adults.
Fireworks Are More Than Just Loud
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. We’re not talking about the skilled 4th of July fireworks show, we mean the backyard fireworks that bring about hundreds of incidents during the summer. On top of causing hand injuries, loss of vision, and house fires, personal fireworks can also result in severe damage to your ears since they are known to reach decibel levels of 155. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the pros and enjoy the display from a safe and sound distance.
Loss of Hearing Can be Brought About by Lawnmowers
If you’re serious about your yard, most likely you’re out there every week on your mower, using your edger, and trimming your bushes. But have you ever noted how off your ears feel after you finish, making everything sound muffled? That’s because the constant noise from your lawn tools impact your hearing over time. Maybe you’ve noticed lawn professionals wearing some form of hearing protection, you should take a cue from them and use earmuffs or earplugs next time you work on your yard to make sure your hearing stay healthy.
Beaches And Pools, What You Need to do to Protect Your Hearing
Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear every summer, which occurs when bacteria-loaded water becomes trapped in your ear canal. Swelling and painful earaches are the result when the ear gets infected by the bacteria. These bacteria are generally found in rivers and lakes but sometimes also live in pools and hot tubs if the water isn’t properly treated. But if you have your ears treated by a hearing professional you should be ok, and no lasting hearing loss will occur. To be safe, when your swimming in your pool, use specialized swimmers earplugs and keep the chemical balance precise to decrease the chance of getting swimmers ear.
Boats and Other Water Sports
If you love the water, the summer season is beach and boating time for you. But, boat and jet ski engines can be noisy,we’re talking more than 100 decibels. Continual exposure to that much noise for a period of about 15 minutes can bring about permanent hearing impairment. Again, it’s probably a smart choice to use a pair of throw away, foam earplugs while you’re out on the water to make sure you don’t inadvertently injure your hearing.
Car Races Can Harm Your Hearing
It doesn’t matter what type of auto racing you enjoy, stock cars, midgets, motorcycles, drag racing, Formula 1. If you attend a lot of auto-races this year, they all present a risk. 120 dB is well within the danger zone for hearing impairment and many races go well above this. Earplugs are your best bet at these races, although your children should definitely wear the earmuffs which were mentioned earlier. Otherwise, you might not be able to enjoy the sound of those engines as you get older.