Summer has finally arrived, and it’s time for all that fun we’ve been looking forward to: trips to the beach, chilling out by the swimming pool, and injured hearing? That’s correct, summer holds a lot of hidden hazards to your ears, either from loud sounds or the external scenarios you could find yourself in. Any noises above 80 decibels could lead to harm to your hearing, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can result in lasting hearing loss. You need to take preventative measures and be mindful of your surroundings in order to keep your hearing safe this summer. Keep reading to identify the summer’s 6 hidden dangers to your hearing.
When You go to Concerts, Wear Hearing Protection
Whether you’re at an indoor stadium or an outdoor concert venue you still should wear hearing protection during concerts. Live music can have volumes over 90 decibels, even at outside concerts, which is inside of the danger zone of hearing loss. So whether you’re going to inside or outside shows, it’s a practical idea to wear earplugs. Earplugs dampen the sound while still allowing you to hear and get into the music. If you’re bringing young kids to a performance, consider getting them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs since their hearing is much more delicate than those of adults.
Your Ears Can be Damaged by Loud Fireworks
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. It’s not only the 4th of July shows that are pro that can damage your hearing, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summer season cause many of incidents. Home fireworks achieve decibel levels of over 155 which can hurt your ears on top of causing hand injuries, loss of vision and backyard fires. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the display from a protected and sound distance.
Mowers Can Bring About Loss of Hearing
If you care about your yard, mower, edger, and trimer are your best friends. But have you ever noted how off your ears feel after you get done, how everything sounds muffled or your ears are ringing? That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, impact your hearing over time. Maybe you’ve noticed landscapers wearing some kind of hearing protection, you should take a cue from them and use earplugs or earmuffs next time you take care of your yard to make certain your hearing doesn’t get injured.
How to Protect Your Ears at Pools And Beaches
Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which occurs when the ear canal traps water which has to much bacteria. The bacteria then infects the ear, producing swelling and painful earaches. It’s not exclusively rivers and lakes that contain these bacteria, they can also be found in pools and hot tubs if they aren’t cleaned and treated thoroughly. No lasting damage should occur if you get your hearing examined by a hearing expert. To counter swimmer’s ear, though, you will want to wear special swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water analyzed to be sure the chemical balance is ok.
Boats and Other Water Sports
Summer is a breath of freedom for those individuals who enjoy being in a boat on the water, smelling the salt air of the ocean or the fresh breeze of the lake. But, jet ski and boat engines are usually loud,we’re talking more than 100 decibels. Continual subjection to that much noise for about 15 minutes can result in lasting hearing damage. Again, it’s really in your best interests to wear a couple of disposable, foam earplugs when you’re out on the water to make sure you don’t unintentionally harm your ears.
Car Races Can Hurt Your Hearing
It doesn’t make a difference what kind of auto racing you enjoy, motorcycle, midget, Formula 1, drag racing or stock cars. If you attend a lot of auto-races this summer, they all present a peril. It’s calculated that volume levels can go beyond 120 decibels at some races, which is absolutely in the danger zone for hearing damage. As pointed out before, your kids should wear muffs while you should wear earplugs at least. Because you might not get to appreciate the sounds of any races in the future if you don’t.