Summer is finally here, and it’s time for all those things we’ve been getting excited about: swimming in the pool, visiting the beach, and other activities that might harm your ears. You may find yourself in external situations or subjected to other loud sounds this summer that can be hidden dangers to your hearing. Any noises above 80 decibels could damage your hearing, while lasting hearing loss can take hold in swimming pools or other bodies of water. You need to take preventative measures and be mindful of your environment in order to keep your hearing safe this summer season. Keep reading to identify the summer’s six hidden risks to your ears.
Use Ear Protection at Concerts
The summer season is concert time, but even if you’re in a venue, you still should protect your ears. Concerts can have volumes that are over 90 decibels, even at outside shows, which is inside the danger zone of hearing loss. That’s the reason why it’s always a smart idea to use earplugs regardless of whether you’re going to a show outdoors or indoors. Earplugs reduce the sound while still allowing you to hear and get into the music. If you’re bringing young kids to a show, consider getting them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs because children have more delicate hearing than adults.
Your Ears Can be Damaged by Fireworks
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 damage your hearing, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summer season cause hundreds of injuries. Along with causing hand injuries, blindness, and house fires, backyard fireworks can also result in serious harm to your hearing since they’re known to reach volume levels of 155 dB. This year, on the 4th of July, appreciate the fireworks from a little further away and leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Loss of Hearing Can be Caused by Lawnmowers
If you’re serious about your lawn, it’s likely that you’re out there each week on your lawnmower, trimming your bushes and using your edger. But this muffled feeling in your ears is an indication that your ears have taken damage. That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. If you’ve ever seen lawn care pro’s, you probably have seen them wearing ear protection, next time you work on your yard with noisy power equipment, you should take a hint from them and use earmuffs or earplugs.
Here’s How to Protect Your Hearing When You Take a Swim
Huge numbers of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each 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 exclusively rivers and lakes that hold these bacteria, they can also be found in pools and hot tubs if they aren’t cleaned and treated properly. But if you have your ears treated by a hearing expert you should be fine, and no permanent hearing loss will occur. To prevent swimmer’s ear, though, you will want to wear special swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water tested to make sure the chemical balance is ok.
Water Sports And Boats
Summer is a taste of freedom for the people who enjoy being out on the water, smelling the fresh lake breeze or the salty air of the ocean. But, jet ski and boat engines are usually loud,we’re talking more than 100 decibels. Continuous exposure to that kind of noise for about 15 minutes can bring about irreversible hearing damage. Once more, it’s probably a smart decision to wear a couple of throw away, foam earplugs when you’re out on the water to make sure you don’t accidentally damage your hearing.
Car Races Can Harm Your Ears
It doesn’t matter what kind of auto racing you enjoy, motorcycle, midget, Formula 1, drag racing or stock cars. If you attend a lot of auto-races this summer, they all pose a danger. It’s calculated that sound levels can exceed 120 decibels at some races, which is certainly in the danger zone for hearing impairment. As pointed out earlier, your kids should wear muffs while you should wear earplugs at the very least. Because you might not be able to appreciate the sounds of any races in the future if you don’t.