Summer has finally arrived, and you’re ready for all those things we’ve been looking forward to: trips to the beach, chilling out by the swimming pool, and injured hearing? That’s right, summer has many hidden risks to your ears, either from loud sounds or the external situations you could find yourself in. Any sounds above 80 decibels can hurt your hearing, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can lead to enduring hearing loss. You have to take preventative measures and be mindful of your environment in order to keep your hearing safe this summer season. Here are six of the summer’s concealed hearing dangers.
When You’re at Concerts, Wear Ear Protection
The summer season is concert season, but even if you’re in an outdoor arena, you still should protect your ears. Live music can have volumes over 90 decibels, even at outdoor concerts, which is inside of the danger zone of hearing loss. So whether you’re going to outside or inside concerts, it’s a good idea to use earplugs. You can still hear the tunes with earplugs in it’s just dampened slightly. If you’re going to a show with young children, think about getting them a heavy duty set of earmuffs because kids have more sensitive hearing than adults.
It’s Not Just Loud at Fireworks
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. It’s not only the 4th of July shows which are pro that can hurt your hearing, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summertime cause hundreds of incidents. In addition to causing hand injuries, blindness, and house fires, backyard fireworks can also result in significant harm to your ears since they are known to reach decibel levels of 155. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the pros and enjoy the display from a safe and sound distance.
Loss of Hearing Can be Brought About by Lawnmowers
If you’re really serious about your lawn, chances are you’re out there each week on your lawnmower, trimming your bushes and using your edger. But have you ever noted how off your ears feel when 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. If you’ve ever noticed lawn care pro’s, it is likely you have seen them wearing hearing protection, you should take a hint from them and wear earmuffs or earplugs next time you take care of your lawn to ensure your hearing stay healthy.
Pools And Beaches, What You Need to do to Safeguard Your Ears
Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which happens when bacteria-packed water becomes trapped inside your ear canal. The bacteria then infects the ear, causing swelling and painful earaches. It’s not only lakes and rivers that have these bacteria, they can also be found in pools and hot tubs if they aren’t cleaned and treated properly. No irreversible injury should take place if you get your hearing checked out by a hearing specialist. To counter swimmer’s ear, however, you will want to wear special swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water tested to be sure the chemical balance is safe.
Water Sports And Boats
If you love the water, the summer season is beach and boating time for you. But, jet ski and boat engines are usually loud,we’re talking over 100 decibels. Irreversible hearing damage can happen after only 15 minutes of exposure to that much noise. In this circumstance also, putting on a pair of throw away foam earplugs is a smart strategy.
Car Races Can Harm Your Hearing
It doesn’t make a difference what type of auto racing you like, stock cars, midgets, motorcycles, drag racing, Formula 1. If you go to a lot of auto-races this year, they all pose a peril. It’s calculated that volume levels can exceed 120 decibels at certain races, which is certainly in the danger zone for hearing impairment. As pointed out earlier, your kids should wear muffs while you should wear earplugs at the very least. Otherwise, you may not get to enjoy the sound of those engines as you get older.