Summer has finally arrived, and you’re ready for all those things we’ve been getting excited about: going to the beach, chilling out by the swimming pool, and damaged hearing? That’s correct, summer has many unseen dangers to your ears, either from loud noises or the external situations you may find yourself in. Any noises over 80 decibels can hurt your hearing, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can result in irreversible loss of hearing. You need to take preventative measures and be aware of your environment in order to keep your hearing safe this summer. Keep on reading to learn the summer’s six hidden hazards to your hearing.
Use Hearing Protection at Concerts
Summer is concert time, but even if attend an outdoor arena, you still should attend to your ears. Live music can reach over 90 decibels, even at outside concerts, which is inside of the danger zone of hearing loss. That’s why it’s always a good strategy to wear earplugs regardless of whether you’re seeing a concert indoors or outdoors. You can still hear the sounds with earplugs in it’s just dampened slightly. If you’re bringing young children to a concert, consider getting them a heavy duty set of earmuffs since their ears are much more delicate than those of adults.
Fireworks Are More Than Just Loud
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 ears, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summertime cause hundreds of incidents. Backyard fireworks achieve volume levels of over 155 which can damage your ears on top of causing hand problems, loss of sight and home fires. This year, on the 4th of July, appreciate the fireworks from a little further away and leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Mowers Can Cause Hearing Loss
If you’re really serious about your lawn, it’s likely that you’re out there at least once a week on your mower, using your edger, and trimming your bushes. But this muffled feeling in your ears is a sign that your ears have taken damage. That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, impact your hearing over time. If you’ve ever noticed landscapers, you most likely have seen them wearing ear protection, next time you work on your yard with loud power equipment, you need to take a hint 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 each summer, which occurs when the ear canal traps water that is high in bacteria. Painful earaches and swelling are the result when the bacteria infects the ear. These bacteria are normally found in lakes and rivers but sometimes also be found in pools and hot tubs if the water isn’t properly treated. As long as you have your ears treated by a hearing expert you will probably be ok, and no irreversible hearing loss will occur. To be safe, when your swimming in your pool, use specialized swimmers earplugs and keep the chemical balance correct to decrease the likelihood of getting swimmers ear.
Water Sports And Boats
If you love the water, summer is beach and boating time for you. But, jet ski and boat engines are often loud,we’re talking more than 100 decibels. Continual subjection to that much noise for a period of about 15 minutes can lead to irreversible hearing damage. In this case also, putting on a set of disposable foam earplugs is a smart plan.
Your Hearing Can be Damaged by Car Races
It doesn’t make a difference what kind of auto racing you enjoy, motorcycle, midget, Formula 1, drag racing or stock cars. All of them can cause a huge issue for your hearing if you go to race after race this summer season. It’s calculated that volume levels can exceed 120 decibels at some races, which is definitely in the danger zone for hearing impairment. As pointed out before, your children should wear muffs while you should wear earplugs at least. Otherwise, you may not get to enjoy the sound of those engines as you get older.