Summer is finally here, and it’s time for all that fun we’ve been getting excited about: swimming in the pool, visiting the beach, and a few activities that can damage your ears. That’s correct, summer holds a lot of hidden dangers to your hearing, either from loud noises or the external situations you could find yourself in. Any noises over 80 decibels can hurt your ears, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can result in permanent loss of hearing. To keep your ears safe and sound this summer, you have to be aware of your surroundings and take preventative measures. Read on to discover the summer’s 6 hidden dangers to your hearing.
When You Travel to Concerts, Put on Hearing Protection
Whether you’re at an indoor stadium or an outdoor concert venue you still should wear ear protection during live music. 90 decibels is in the danger zone for ear damage and concerts reach this volume even when you’re at outdoor venues. That’s why it’s definitely a good idea to wear earplugs regardless of whether you’re seeing a concert outdoors or indoors. Earplugs reduce the sound while still enabling you to hear and get into the music. If you’re going to a show with young children, consider buying them a heavy duty set of earmuffs since their ears are much more sensitive than those of adults.
Your Ears Can be Damaged by Booming Fireworks
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. It’s not exclusively the 4th of July shows which are pro that can hurt your ears, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summer season cause many of injuries. Along with causing hand traumas, loss of vision, and home fires, personal fireworks can also cause significant harm to your ears since they are known to achieve decibel levels of 155. This year, on the 4th of July, enjoy the show from a little further away and leave the fireworks to the pro’s.
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, trimming your bushes and using your edger. But have you ever noted how off your ears feel when you finish, making everything sound muffled? That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. You’ve likely noticed landscapers using some type of hearing protection, you should take a cue from them and wear earmuffs or earplugs next time you work on your lawn to ensure your hearing doesn’t get injured.
How to Safeguard Your Hearing When You’re at Beaches And Pools
Huge numbers of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which happens when bacteria-packed water becomes stuck inside your ear canal. Swelling and painful earaches are the result when the bacteria infects the ear. It’s not only lakes and rivers that have these bacteria, they can also be found in hot tubs and pools if they aren’t cleaned and treated properly. But if you have your ears treated by a hearing expert you will probably be ok, and no permanent loss of hearing will happen. To prevent swimmer’s ear, though, you will want to wear special swimming earplugs in the pool and have your pool water tested to be certain the chemical balance is safe.
Water Sports And Boats
If you love the water, summertime is beach and boating time for you. But, boat and jet ski engines are usually loud,they can get up to more than 100 decibels. Lasting hearing injury can be the result after about 15 minutes of exposure to that much noise. In this circumstance also, wearing a set of throw away foam earplugs is a smart strategy.
Your Ears Can be Hurt by Car Races
It doesn’t matter what kind of auto racing you enjoy, stock cars, midgets, motorcycles, drag racing, Formula 1. If you go to a lot of auto-races this year, they all pose a risk. 120 dB is inside of the danger zone for hearing damage and a number of races go way above this. Earplugs are your best bet at these races, while your children should definitely use the earmuffs we mentioned earlier. Because you might not get to enjoy the sounds of any races in the future if you don’t.