We’ve been getting excited about summer fun all year: swimming in the pool, going to the beach, and other activities that could harm your ears. That’s correct, summer has many unseen dangers to your hearing, either from loud sounds or the environmental scenarios you could find yourself in. Any sounds above 80 decibels could hurt your ears, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can cause lasting hearing loss. To keep your ears safeguarded this summer, you have to be mindful of your environment and take precautions. Here are 6 of the summer’s concealed hearing hazards.
When You go to Concerts, Wear Ear Protection
Whether you’re at an indoor arena or an outside show venue you still should use ear protection during concerts. 90 decibels is inside the danger zone for hearing damage and live music reaches this level even when you’re at outdoor shows. That’s the reason it’s always a good strategy to wear earplugs regardless of whether you’re seeing a show indoors or outdoors. You can still hear the tunes with earplugs it’s just dampened a little bit. If you’re going to a show with young children, think about buying them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs because children have more sensitive hearing than adults.
Fireworks Are More Than Just Loud
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. It’s not only the 4th of July shows which are professional that can injure your ears, we mean the backyard fireworks that cause many of injuries during the summer. As well as causing hand traumas, loss of vision, and house fires, backyard fireworks can also cause serious damage to your hearing since they are known to achieve volume levels of 155 dB. This year, on the 4th of July, enjoy the show from a distance and leave the fireworks to the pro’s.
Lawnmowers Can Bring About Loss of Hearing
If you love to take care of your yard, mower, edger, and trimer are your best friends. But this muffled feeling in your ears is a signal that your ears have taken damage. That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, impact your hearing over time. You’ve probably noticed landscapers using some kind of hearing protection, you should take a hint from them and use earmuffs or earplugs next time you work on your yard to ensure your hearing stay healthy.
Hears How to Safeguard Your Ears When You go Swimming
Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which happens when the ear canal traps water that is high in bacteria. Swelling and painful earaches result when the bacteria infects the ear. These bacteria are commonly found in rivers and lakes but could also be found in pools and hot tubs if the water isn’t thoroughly managed. As long as you have your ears treated by a hearing expert you will probably be ok, and no irreversible loss of hearing will occur. To counter swimmer’s ear, however, you should wear specialized swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water tested to make certain the chemical balance is safe.
Boats and Other Water Sports
If you enjoy the water, the summer season is beach and boating time for you. But, jet ski and boat engines are often loud,they can get up to over 100 decibels. Continual exposure to that kind of noise for around 15 minutes can result in permanent hearing damage. Once again, it’s really in your best interests to wear a pair of disposable, foam earplugs when you’re out on the water to make sure you don’t inadvertently harm your ears.
Car Races Can Hurt Your Ears
It doesn’t make a difference what kind of auto racing you love, motorcycle, midget, Formula 1, drag racing or stock cars. If you go to a lot of auto-races this summer, they all pose a peril. It’s estimated that volume levels can go over 120 decibels at many races, which is absolutely inside the danger zone for hearing damage. Earplugs are your best friends at these races, whereas your children should probably use the earmuffs which were mentioned earlier. If not, you may not be able to enjoy the sound of those engines in the future.