Summer is finally here, and you’re ready for all those things we’ve been getting excited about: swimming in the pool, visiting the beach, and some activities that might injure your ears. You could find yourself in external situations or exposed to other loud sounds this summer that can be hidden hazards to your ears. Any sounds above 80 decibels can result in harm to your ears, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can cause enduring loss of hearing. You need to take preventative measures and be aware of your surroundings in order to protect your hearing this summer season. Here are 6 of the summer’s hidden hearing hazards.
At Concerts, Use Ear Protection
Whether you’re at an indoor arena or an outdoor show venue you still should wear ear protection during concerts. 90 decibels is in the danger zone for hearing damage and live music reaches this level even when you’re at outdoor shows. That’s why it’s definitely a smart idea to wear earplugs whether you’re going to a concert outdoors or indoors. Earplugs dampen the sound while still permitting you to hear and enjoy the music. If you’re going to a show with young kids, think about getting them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs because children have more delicate 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 that are professional that can harm your ears, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summer cause many of injuries. As well as causing hand traumas, loss of sight, and house fires, personal fireworks can also cause significant harm to your hearing since they’re known to get to decibel levels of 155. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the show from a protected and sound distance.
Mowers Can Bring About Loss of Hearing
If you’re serious about your yard, it’s likely that you’re out there every week on your lawnmower, trimming your bushes and using your edger. But this muffled feeling in your ears is a signal that your hearing has been injured. That’s because the constant noise from your lawn tools have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. You’ve probably noticed landscapers wearing some type of hearing protection, you should take a cue from them and use earmuffs or earplugs next time you work on your yard to make certain your hearing stay healthy.
Here’s How to Protect Your Ears When You go Swimming
Huge numbers of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which occurs when bacteria-packed water becomes stuck in your ear canal. Painful earaches and swelling result when the ear gets infected by the bacteria. It’s not only rivers and lakes that hold these bacteria, they can sometimes be found in pools and hot tubs if they are not cleaned and treated thoroughly. No lasting injury should happen if you get your hearing checked out by a hearing professional. To protect against 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 ok.
Water Sports And Boats
Summer is a taste of freedom for those individuals who enjoy being in a boat on the water, taking in the fresh lake breeze or the salty air of the ocean. But, jet ski and boat engines are often loud,we’re talking over 100 decibels. Continuous subjection to that kind of noise for a period of around 15 minutes can bring about permanent hearing impairment. In this case also, using a pair of disposable foam earplugs is a smart idea.
Your Ears Can be Injured by Car Races
It doesn’t make a difference what type of auto racing you like, midget, Formula 1, drag racing, motorcycle Formula 1. If you go to many auto-races this year, they all pose a risk. It’s calculated that volume levels can exceed 120 decibels at certain races, which is certainly in the danger zone for hearing injury. Earplugs are your best friends at these races, while your children should probably use the earmuffs which were mentioned earlier. Because you might not get to appreciate the sounds of any races in the future if you don’t.