Summer has finally arrived, and it’s time for all that fun we’ve been looking forward to: going to the beach, relaxing by the swimming pool, and damaged hearing? You may find yourself in environmental situations or exposed to other loud noises this summer that are hidden hazards to your ears. Any noises over 80 decibels can injure your hearing, while permanent loss of hearing can take hold in pools or other bodies of water. You need to take precautions and be mindful of your surroundings in order to keep your hearing safe this summer. Here are 6 of the summer’s hidden hearing hazards.
At Concerts, Use Hearing Protection
Summer is concert time, but even if you’re in an outdoor venue, you still should take care of your ears. 90 decibels is in the danger zone for hearing damage and concerts reach this volume even at outdoor shows. So whether you’re going to outside or inside shows, it’s a smart plan to wear earplugs. Earplugs dampen the sound while still letting you to hear and get into the music. If you’re taking young kids to a show, consider getting them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs because children have more vulnerable ears than adults.
Fireworks Are More Than Just Loud
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. It’s not just the 4th of July shows that are professional that can harm your ears, we mean the backyard fireworks that lead to hundreds of accidents 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’re known to achieve decibel levels of 155. This year, on the 4th of July, enjoy the show from a little further away and leave the fireworks to the pro’s.
Loss of Hearing Can be Caused by Lawnmowers
If you’re really serious about your lawn, it’s likely that you’re out there every week on your lawnmower, using your edger, and trimming your bushes. But have you ever noted 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 impact your hearing over time. You’ve likely noticed landscapers wearing some kind of hearing protection, next time you work on your yard with loud power equipment, you need to take a hint from them and use earplugs or earmuffs.
Pools And Beaches, What You Need to do to Safeguard Your Hearing
Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear every summer, which happens when the ear canal traps water that is high in bacteria. The bacteria will then infect the ear, producing swelling and painful earaches. It’s not only rivers and lakes that contain these bacteria, they can also be found in pools and hot tubs if they are not cleaned and treated thoroughly. But if you have your ears treated by a hearing specialist you should be ok, and no permanent hearing loss will happen. To be safe, when your swimming in your pool, use specialized swimmers earplugs and keep the chemical balance correct to minimize the possibility of getting swimmers ear.
Boats and Other Water Sports
If you enjoy the water, summer is beach and boating time for you. But, boat and jet ski engines are usually loud,we’re talking over 100 decibels. Continuous subjection to that kind of noise for around 15 minutes can result in irreversible hearing impairment. In this case also, wearing a set of disposable foam earplugs is a smart plan.
Your Hearing Can be Harmed by Car Races
It doesn’t matter what type of auto racing you love, motorcycle, midget, Formula 1, drag racing or stock cars. Each one of them can present a huge problem for your hearing if you go to race after race during the summer season. 120 dB is well within the danger zone for hearing damage and lots of races go well above this. Earplugs are your best friends at these races, although your children should probably wear the earmuffs which were mentioned earlier. If you don’t, you might not get to enjoy the sound of those engines in the future.