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Women enjoying a summer concert with hearing protection.

Summer has finally arrived, and it’s time for all that fun we’ve been looking forward to: swimming in the pool, going to the beach, and a few activities that can damage your hearing. You may find yourself in external situations or exposed to other loud noises this summer that can be hidden risks to your ears. Any noises over 80 decibels can hurt your hearing, while enduring hearing loss can take hold in swimming pools or other bodies of water. You have to take preventative measures and be conscious of your environment in order to keep your hearing safe this summer. Here are 6 of the summer’s hidden hearing risks.

At Concerts, Use Ear Protection

The summer season is concert season, but even if you’re in an outdoor arena, you still need to attend to your hearing. 90 decibels is inside the danger zone for hearing damage and concerts reach this level even when you’re at outdoor venues. That’s why it’s definitely a smart strategy to use earplugs regardless of whether you’re going to a concert indoors or outdoors. You can still hear the sounds with earplugs it’s just dampened slightly. If you’re going to a performance with young children, consider getting them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs because kids have more delicate hearing than adults.

It’s More Than 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 pro that can damage your ears, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summer cause hundreds of injuries. Home fireworks get to decibel levels of nearly 155 which can hurt your ears as well as causing hand problems, loss of sight and home fires. This year, on the 4th of July, enjoy the show from a little further away and leave the fireworks to the professionals.

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 the muffled sensation in your ears is an indication that your hearing has taken damage. That’s because the constant noise from your lawn tools have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. You may have noticed lawn professionals using some form of hearing protection, you should take a cue from them and use earplugs or earmuffs next time you attend to your yard to make certain your hearing doesn’t get injured.

Pools And Beaches, What You Should do to Safeguard Your Hearing

Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which occurs when the ear canal traps water that is high in bacteria. Painful earaches and swelling are the result when the ear gets infected by the bacteria. It’s not just lakes and rivers that contain these bacteria, they can sometimes be found in hot tubs and pools if they are not cleaned and treated thoroughly. But if you have your ears treated by a hearing professional you will probably be fine, and no permanent hearing loss will happen. To counter swimmer’s ear, however, you should wear special swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water tested to be sure the chemical balance is safe.

Boats and Other Water Sports

Summertime is a breath of freedom for the people who enjoy being out on the water, taking in the fresh lake breeze or the salty air of the ocean. But, boat and jet ski engines are usually loud,they can get up to over 100 decibels. Lasting hearing injury can be the result after only 15 minutes of exposure to that much noise. Once more, it’s probably a smart decision to wear a set of throw away, foam earplugs while you’re out on the water to make certain you don’t unwittingly harm your ears.

Car Races Can Harm Your Ears

It doesn’t matter what kind of auto racing you enjoy, midget, Formula 1, drag racing, motorcycle Formula 1. If you go to a lot of auto-races this year, they all present a danger. It’s calculated that sound levels can go beyond 120 decibels at certain races, which is definitely in the danger zone for hearing injury. Earplugs are your best friends at these races, while your kids should definitely use the earmuffs we mentioned earlier. Because you might not get to appreciate the sounds of any races in the future if you don’t.

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