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Women enjoying a summer concert with hearing protection.

We’ve been looking forward to summer fun all year: swimming in the pool, visiting the beach, and some activities that may damage your ears. That’s correct, summer has a few hidden risks to your ears, either from loud noises or the environmental situations you might find yourself in. Any noises over 80 decibels can hurt your ears, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can cause enduring loss of hearing. You have to take precautions and be mindful of your environment so that you can keep your hearing safe this summer season. Here are six of the summer’s hidden hearing hazards.

Wear Hearing Protection at Concerts

Summer is concert time, but even if attend a venue, you still should protect your hearing. Live music can have volumes that are over 90 decibels, even at outdoor concerts, which is inside the danger zone of hearing loss. So whether you’re attending an outside or inside shows, it’s a practical plan to wear earplugs. Earplugs reduce the sound while still allowing you to hear and get into the music. If you’re taking young kids to a performance, consider getting them a heavy duty set of earmuffs since their hearing is much more sensitive than those of adults.

Fireworks Can Damage Your Ears

Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. We’re not talking about the expert 4th of July displays, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summertime cause hundreds of injuries. In addition to causing hand injuries, loss of vision, and home fires, backyard fireworks can also cause severe harm to your hearing since they’re known to reach volume levels of 155 dB. This year, on the 4th of July, appreciate the show from a distance and leave the fireworks to the professionals.

Mowers Can Cause Loss of Hearing

If you’re serious about your yard, it’s likely that you’re out there every week on your mower, trimming your bushes and using your edger. But the muffled feeling in your ears is a sign that your ears have taken damage. That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, impact your hearing over time. Perhaps you’ve noticed landscapers wearing some form of hearing protection, you should take a hint from them and wear earplugs or earmuffs next time you attend to your yard to ensure your ears doesn’t get injured.

Hears How to Protect Your Ears When You go Swimming

Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which occurs when bacteria-loaded water gets trapped in your ear canal. The bacteria then infects the ear, producing painful earaches and swelling. These bacteria are commonly found in lakes and rivers but could also be found in pools and hot tubs if the water is not properly treated. As long as you have your ears treated by a hearing expert you will probably be ok, and no lasting loss of hearing will occur. To protect against swimmer’s ear, though, you will want to wear specialized swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water analyzed to make certain the chemical balance is safe.

Boats and Other Water Sports

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 more than 100 decibels. Continuous exposure to that much noise for a period of around 15 minutes can result in permanent hearing impairment. In this circumstance also, using a pair of disposable foam earplugs is a smart idea.

Your Hearing Can be Harmed by Car Races

It doesn’t make a difference what kind of auto racing you love, midget, Formula 1, drag racing, motorcycle Formula 1. If you attend many auto-races this year, they all pose a risk. It’s estimated that volume levels can go beyond 120 decibels at many races, which is certainly inside the danger zone for hearing damage. Earplugs are your best friends at these races, while your children should probably use the earmuffs we mentioned earlier. Because you may not get to appreciate the sounds of any races in the future if you don’t.

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