Summer has finally arrived, and you’re ready for all those things we’ve been getting excited about: swimming in the pool, going to the beach, and some activities that might injure your hearing. You might find yourself in external scenarios or exposed to other loud sounds this summer that can be hidden hazards to your ears. Any sounds over 80 decibels can damage your ears, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can bring about irreversible loss of hearing. To keep your ears safe and sound this summer, you need to be aware of your surroundings and take preventative measures. Keep on reading to identify the summer’s 6 hidden threats to your ears.
When You Travel to Concerts, Put on Ear Protection
Whether you’re at an indoor arena or an outside concert venue you still need to use hearing protection during live music. 90 decibels is inside the danger zone for ear damage and concerts reach this level even at outdoor shows. So regardless of whether you’re attending an inside or outside concerts, it’s a good idea to wear earplugs. Earplugs reduce the sound while still letting you to hear and enjoy the music. If you’re bringing young kids to a show, consider getting them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs because kids have more sensitive ears than adults.
Fireworks Are More Than Just Loud
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. This is not about the professional 4th of July displays, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summertime cause many of injuries. Home fireworks achieve volume levels of nearly 155 which can damage your ears on top of causing hand injuries, blindness and home fires. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the show from a safe and sound distance.
Mowers Can Bring About Loss of Hearing
If you’re serious about your lawn, it’s likely that 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 after you get done, making everything sound muffled? That’s because the constant noise from your lawn tools have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. No doubt you’ve noticed landscapers using some type of hearing protection, next time you work on your yard with loud power equipment, you need to take a hint from them and use earmuffs or earplugs.
Beaches And Pools, What You Should do to Safeguard Your Hearing
Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which happens when bacteria-laden water becomes stuck inside your ear canal. The bacteria then infects the ear, leading to swelling and painful earaches. These bacteria are usually found in lakes and rivers but could also live in hot tubs and pools if the water is not properly treated. No lasting damage should occur if you have your hearing assessed by a hearing specialist. To be safe, when swimming in your pool, wear special swimmers earplugs and keep the chemical balance correct to lessen the chance of getting swimmers ear.
Water Sports And Boats
If you enjoy the water, summer is beach and boating time for you. But, jet ski and boat engines are usually loud,we’re talking more than 100 decibels. Lasting hearing impairment can be the result after only 15 minutes of exposure to that kind of noise. In this case also, wearing a pair of throw away foam earplugs is a smart strategy.
Your Ears Can be Harmed by Car Races
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 many auto-races this summer, they all pose a risk. 120 dB is well within the danger zone for hearing damage and quite a few races go well above this. Earplugs are your best friends at these races, whereas your kids should probably wear the earmuffs we mentioned earlier. Otherwise, you may not get to enjoy the sound of those engines as you get older.