Hearing Health Blog

Women enjoying a summer concert with hearing protection.

Summer is finally here, and it’s time for all those things we’ve been looking forward to: going to the beach, chilling out by the swimming pool, and impaired hearing? That’s right, summer has a lot of unseen risks to your hearing, either from loud sounds or the environmental situations you could find yourself in. Any sounds above 80 decibels could result in harm to your ears, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can cause lasting loss of hearing. You need to take preventative measures and be conscious of your environment so that you can keep your hearing safe this summer season. Keep on reading to identify the summer’s 6 hidden dangers to your hearing.

When You’re at Concerts, Use Ear Protection

The summer season is concert time, but even if you go to a venue, you still need to protect your ears. 90 decibels is inside the danger zone for ear injury and live music reaches this volume even at outdoor venues. That’s the reason it’s definitely a smart strategy to wear earplugs regardless of whether you’re going to a concert outdoors or indoors. You can still hear the sounds with earplugs it’s just dampened slightly. If you’re going to a performance with young children, think about getting them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs since their hearing is much more vulnerable than those of adults.

It’s Not Just Loud at Fireworks

Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. We’re not talking about the professional 4th of July fireworks show, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summertime cause many of injuries. In addition to causing hand traumas, blindness, and house fires, backyard fireworks can also cause significant damage to your hearing since they are known to get to decibel levels of 155. This year, on the 4yh of July, appreciate the fireworks from a little further away and leave the fireworks to the professionals.

Lawnmowers Can Bring About Loss of Hearing

If you’re really serious about your yard, chances are you’re out there each week on your mower, using your edger, and trimming your bushes. But have you ever noticed how off your ears feel when you finish, how everything sounds muffled or your ears are ringing? That’s because the constant noise from your lawn tools have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. Perhaps you’ve noticed landscapers wearing some type of hearing protection, next time you work on your yard with loud power equipment, you need to take a cue from them and wear earmuffs or earplugs.

Hears How to Safeguard Your Hearing When You Take a Swim

Huge numbers of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which occurs when bacteria-loaded water becomes trapped in your ear canal. Painful earaches and swelling are the result when the bacteria infects the ear. These bacteria are commonly found in rivers and lakes but could also be found in hot tubs and pools if the water isn’t correctly managed. But if you have your ears treated by a hearing expert you will probably be fine, and no permanent loss of hearing will occur. To be safe, when swimming in your pool, use special swimmers earplugs and keep the chemical balance precise to lessen the likelihood of getting swimmers ear.

Water Sports And Boats

The summer season 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 from the lake. But, jet ski and boat engines are often noisy,they can get up to over 100 decibels. Lasting hearing impairment can happen after around 15 minutes of exposure to that much noise. In this situation also, putting on a pair of disposable foam earplugs is a smart idea.

Car Races Can Harm Your Ears

It doesn’t matter what type of auto racing you love, motorcycle, midget, Formula 1, drag racing or stock cars. If you go to many auto-races this summer, they all present a danger. 120 dB is inside of the danger zone for hearing damage and many races go well above this. As pointed out before, your kids should wear muffs while you should use earplugs at the very least. Otherwise, you might not get to enjoy the sound of those engines in the future.

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