We’ve been looking forward to summer activities all year: swimming in the pool, going to the beach, and other activities that can injure your hearing. That’s correct, summer holds a few hidden risks to your ears, either from loud noises or the environmental situations you could find yourself in. Any noises over 80 decibels could lead to damage to your hearing, while enduring hearing loss can take hold in swimming pools or other bodies of water. To keep your ears safe and sound this summer, you need to be mindful of your surroundings and take preventative measures. Here are six of the summer’s hidden hearing dangers.
When You go to Concerts, Use Hearing Protection
The summer season is concert time, but even if you go to a venue, you still should attend to your hearing. Live music can have volumes over 90 decibels, even at outdoor shows, which is inside the danger zone of hearing loss. That’s the reason it’s always a smart idea to use earplugs whether you’re going to a show outdoors or indoors. Earplugs reduce the sound while still allowing you to hear and enjoy the music. If you’re taking young children to a show, consider buying them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs since their hearing is much more sensitive than those of adults.
It’s More Than Just Loud at Fireworks
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. This is not about the expert 4th of July fireworks show, we mean the backyard fireworks that cause hundreds of injuries throughout the summer. Home fireworks reach volume levels of over 155 which can hurt your ears as well as causing hand injuries, blindness and backyard fires. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the pros and enjoy the show from a protected and sound distance.
Loss of Hearing Can be Caused by Lawnmowers
If you care about your lawn, your edger, trimmer, and mower are your best friends. 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 constant noise from your lawn tools have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. Maybe you’ve noticed landscapers using some type of hearing protection, you should take a hint from them and use earplugs or earmuffs next time you attend to your lawn to ensure your ears stay healthy.
How to Safeguard Your Ears at Beaches And Pools
Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear every summer, which occurs when the ear canal traps water which is high in bacteria. The bacteria will then infect the ear, triggering painful earaches and swelling. It’s not only rivers and lakes that hold these bacteria, they can also be found in hot tubs and pools if they are not cleaned and treated correctly. But if you have your ears treated by a hearing professional you will probably be fine, and no irreversible loss of hearing will happen. To be safe, when your swimming in your pool, use special swimmers earplugs and keep the chemical balance correct to decrease the chance of getting swimmers ear.
Boats and Other Water Sports
Summertime is a breath of freedom for those individuals who love to be out on the water, smelling the salt air from the ocean or the fresh breeze from the lake. But, jet ski and boat engines are often loud,they can get up to more than 100 decibels. Permanent hearing injury can be the result after around 15 minutes of exposure to that much noise. Once again, it’s probably in your best interests to use a set of disposable, foam earplugs when you’re out on the water to make sure you don’t inadvertently damage your ears.
Car Races Can Harm Your Hearing
It doesn’t make a difference what kind of auto racing you like, stock cars, midgets, motorcycles, drag racing, Formula 1. All of them can present a huge issue for your hearing if you attend many races this summer season. 120 dB is inside of the danger zone for hearing damage and many races go way above this. Earplugs are your best friends at these races, while your kids should definitely use the earmuffs we mentioned earlier. Because you may not be able to enjoy the sounds of any races in the future if you don’t.