Summer is finally here, and you’re ready for all those things we’ve been looking forward to: going to the beach, chilling out by the pool, and impaired hearing? That’s right, summer holds many hidden potential risks to your ears, either from loud noises or the external scenarios you may find yourself in. Any sounds above 80 decibels could lead to injury to your hearing, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can result in permanent loss of hearing. You need to take precautions and be mindful of your environment in order to keep your hearing safe this summer. Here are six of the summer’s concealed hearing dangers.
Wear Ear Protection at Concerts
Whether you’re at an indoor arena or an outside show venue you still should use ear protection during concerts. 90 decibels is inside the danger zone for ear damage and concerts reach this level even when you’re at outdoor venues. So whether you’re attending an outside or inside concerts, it’s a practical idea to wear earplugs. You can still hear the music with earplugs in it’s just dampened slightly. If you’re taking young kids to a performance, consider buying them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs because kids have more vulnerable ears than adults.
Fireworks Are More Than Just Loud
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. It’s not exclusively the 4th of July shows which are professional that can harm your ears, we mean the backyard fireworks that cause hundreds of injuries during the summertime. In addition to causing hand injuries, loss of sight, and house fires, backyard fireworks can also cause severe damage to your hearing since they’re known to achieve decibel levels of 155. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the pros and enjoy the display from a protected and sound distance.
Loss of Hearing Can be Brought About by Lawnmowers
If you’re really serious about your yard, chances are you’re out there at least once a week on your lawnmower, using your edger, and trimming your bushes. But the muffled sensation in your ears is an indication that your ears have been harmed. That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, impact your hearing over time. Maybe you’ve noticed landscapers wearing some form of hearing protection, next time you work on your yard with loud power equipment, you should take a cue from them and wear earmuffs or earplugs.
Beaches And Pools, What You Should do to Safeguard Your Hearing
Huge numbers of people suffer from swimmer’s ear every summer, which occurs when the ear canal traps water that has lots of bacteria. Painful earaches and swelling result when the bacteria infects the ear. These bacteria are commonly found in lakes and rivers but sometimes also live in pools and hot tubs if the water is not thoroughly treated. But if you have your ears treated by a hearing expert you should be ok, and no lasting loss of hearing will happen. To be safe, when your swimming in your pool, use specialized swimmers earplugs and keep the chemical balance precise to lessen the chance of getting swimmers ear.
Water Sports And Boats
The summer season is a taste of freedom for the people who love to be in a boat on the water, taking in the fresh lake breeze or the salty air of the ocean. But, boat and jet ski engines are often loud,we’re talking over 100 decibels. Continual subjection to that much noise for about 15 minutes can result in irreversible hearing damage. In this situation also, putting on a pair of throw away foam earplugs is a smart plan.
Your Hearing Can be Hurt by Car Races
It doesn’t make a difference what type of auto racing you like, motorcycle, midget, Formula 1, drag racing or stock cars. Every one of them can present a huge issue for your hearing if you go to many races during the summer season. It’s estimated that volume levels can go over 120 decibels at certain races, which is definitely inside the danger zone for hearing injury. Earplugs are your best bet at these races, while your kids should probably use the earmuffs which were mentioned earlier. If not, you may not get to enjoy the sound of those engines as you get older.