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Women enjoying a summer concert with hearing protection.

We’ve been getting excited about summer activities all year: swimming in the pool, going to the beach, and some activities that could injure your hearing. You might find yourself in environmental scenarios or subjected to other loud noises this summer that are hidden dangers to your ears. Any sounds above 80 decibels could hurt your ears, 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 so that you can protect your hearing this summer season. Here are six of the summer’s hidden hearing dangers.

When You go to Concerts, Wear Hearing Protection

Summer is concert time, but even if you’re in an outdoor venue, you still need to attend to your ears. 90 decibels is in the danger zone for ear injury and concerts reach this volume even when you’re at outdoor venues. That’s the reason why it’s definitely a smart idea to use earplugs regardless of whether you’re seeing a show outdoors or indoors. Earplugs reduce the sound while still enabling you to hear and enjoy the music. If you’re taking young kids to a show, think about getting them a heavy duty set of earmuffs since their hearing is much more vulnerable 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. It’s not just the 4th of July shows which are professional that can damage your ears, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summer season cause hundreds of accidents. Backyard fireworks reach decibel levels of over 155 which can injure your ears on top of causing hand problems, loss of sight and home fires. This year, on the 4th of July, enjoy the fireworks from a distance and leave the fireworks to the professionals.

Hearing Loss Can be Caused by Lawnmowers

If you love to take care of your yard, your edger, trimmer, and mower are your best friends. But this muffled feeling in your ears is an indication that your hearing has been harmed. That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. Maybe you’ve noticed landscapers wearing some kind of hearing protection, next time you work on your yard with loud power equipment, you need to take a cue from them and use earplugs or earmuffs.

Hears How to Protect Your Hearing When You go Swimming

Huge numbers of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which occurs when bacteria-laden water becomes stuck in your ear canal. Painful earaches and swelling are the result when the ear gets infected by the bacteria. It’s not just lakes and rivers that have these bacteria, they can also be found in pools and hot tubs if they aren’t cleaned and treated thoroughly. As long as you have your ears treated by a hearing expert you should be fine, and no lasting hearing loss will occur. To counter swimmer’s ear, however, you will want to wear special swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water analyzed to make certain the chemical balance is ok.

Water Sports And Boats

If you enjoy the water, the summer season is beach and boating time for you. But, jet ski and boat engines can be noisy,we’re talking over 100 decibels. Continuous subjection to that kind of noise for a period of about 15 minutes can lead to long-term hearing damage. Once more, it’s really in your best interests to wear a pair of disposable, foam earplugs while you’re out on the water to make sure you don’t unwittingly damage your ears.

Car Races Can Injure Your Hearing

It doesn’t matter what type of auto racing you love, motorcycle, midget, Formula 1, drag racing or stock cars. All of them can cause a huge issue for your hearing if you go to many races this summer season. It’s calculated that volume levels can go beyond 120 decibels at certain races, which is definitely in the danger zone for hearing damage. Earplugs are your best friends at these races, while your kids should definitely use the earmuffs we mentioned earlier. Because you might not be able to appreciate the sounds of any races in the future if you don’t.

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