We’ve been looking forward to summer activities all year: trips to the beach, chilling out by the pool, and impaired hearing? That’s correct, summer holds a few hidden hazards to your hearing, either from loud noises or the environmental situations you could find yourself in. Any noises above 80 decibels can damage your ears, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can result in permanent hearing loss. To keep your ears safeguarded this summer, you have to be conscious of your surroundings and take preventative measures. Here are six of the summer’s hidden hearing hazards.
When You go to Concerts, Wear Ear Protection
Whether you’re at an indoor arena or an outside concert venue you still need to wear hearing protection during live music. Concerts can reach over 90 decibels, even at outside concerts, which is within the danger zone of hearing loss. That’s the reason why it’s definitely a good idea to use earplugs regardless of whether you’re seeing a show outdoors or indoors. You can still hear the music with earplugs in it’s just dampened slightly. If you’re going to a performance with young kids, consider buying 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 exclusively the 4th of July shows that are pro that can harm your hearing, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summertime cause many of accidents. Home fireworks achieve decibel levels of over 155 which can damage your ears on top of causing hand injuries, blindness and backyard fires. This year, on the 4th of July, enjoy the fireworks from a little further away and leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Lawnmowers Can Bring About 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 have you ever noticed 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, have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. If you’ve ever noticed lawn care pro’s, you probably have seen them wearing hearing protection, next time you work on your yard with noisy power equipment, you should take a hint from them and use earplugs or earmuffs.
How to Safeguard Your Ears at Beaches And Pools
Huge numbers of people suffer from swimmer’s ear every summer, which happens when bacteria-laden water becomes stuck in your ear canal. Swelling and painful earaches are the result when the ear gets infected by the bacteria. These bacteria are usually found in lakes and rivers but could also be found in pools and hot tubs if the water is not correctly treated. No irreversible injury should take place if you get your ears examined by a hearing professional. To be safe, when your swimming in your pool, use specialized swimmers earplugs and keep the chemical balance precise to lessen the possibility of getting swimmers ear.
Boats and Other Water Sports
If you love the water, summer 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. Continual subjection to that kind of noise for around 15 minutes can lead to irreparable hearing impairment. In this circumstance also, using a set of throw away foam earplugs is a smart plan.
Your Hearing Can be Harmed by Car Races
It doesn’t matter what type of auto racing you like, stock cars, midgets, motorcycles, drag racing, Formula 1. If you attend many auto-races this year, they all pose a peril. It’s estimated that volume levels can go over 120 decibels at some races, which is absolutely in the danger zone for hearing injury. As pointed out earlier, your children should wear muffs while you should use earplugs at the very least. If you don’t, you may not be able to enjoy the sound of those engines as you get older.