Finally, it’s summertime!!
This summer season has a lot of fun. But keep the health of your hearing in mind before you go out for a day on the beach, a rocking concert, or maybe a great backyard barbecue.
Loud noises can harm your hearing, even if you don’t feel like they’re that loud. So it’s essential to take measures to safeguard your ears, especially during the summer months when you’re more likely to experience loud noises.
One of the most significant steps is utilizing earplugs, particularly under certain conditions.
Going for a swim
Even in clean pools, there can be bacteria and parasites that can result in swimmer’s ear. Earplugs will help keep water out of your ears and stop infection.
While pool-borne sickness is rarely serious, polluted water getting into your ear canal can have harmful effects. Short-term hearing loss, pain, and swelling can be the outcome.
The eardrum and also the fragile inner workings of the ear can be damaged by neglected infections.
It’s not possible to completely avoid all pathogens in pools or hot tubs, but using swimming earplugs will help safeguard your ears.
Concerts and live performances
Going to a concert is always fun, particularly during the summer. But live concerts are usually really loud.
You may be exposed to more than 120dB of volume depending on where you’re standing. That’s enough to cause immediate and lasting hearing loss.
Earplugs will stop some of that sound but won’t distort it. Earplugs have an NRR rating with a range of 20 to 33, which identifies the strength of the protection. 20dB of sound will be stopped by earplugs with a 20 NRR rating. So a 120-dB concert will be lowered to around 100 dB.
However, that’s still a potentially harmful level.
Protecting your hearing will mean using a higher NRR the closer to the speakers you will be standing. Within 15 minutes, you can develop permanent hearing damage even if you use the highest level of protection. For the highest level of protection, stand a distance from the speakers and wear earplugs.
This doesn’t just apply to concerts, it’s also relevant for things like festivals, movies, plays, sporting events, and any other event where sound will be boosted through speakers.
The grass is going to continue o grow so mowing will be necessary pretty much every week. You routinely edge the flowerbeds and weed the steps to keep your yard from looking messy. Then you utilize a weed-whacker to clean up around the trees.
Power equipment and other yard tools can be really loud, and sustained exposure can and will harm your hearing. The noise from this equipment can be decreased and your ears can be safeguarded by wearing earplugs.
If you aren’t wearing earplugs when you use the mower, over time, you will be noticeably causing hearing loss.
They’re an essential part of Independence Day. When July arrives, it’s time to celebrate the birth of our country. But fireworks have a negative side. The noise they produce can be in excess of 175 dB. If you shot a gun right near your head it would be about this volume.
You’ll definitely want earplugs if you’re going to a large fireworks show. You should get the highest NRR rated earplugs, particularly if you’re close. You’ll still hear the fireworks and they will still be loud, but you’ll be protecting your hearing from future hearing loss.
Safeguarding your hearing is important
Get help before your hearing loss becomes profound. Most individuals probably won’t even realize that their hearing is slowly going until it’s too late, and regrettably, there’s no cure. Call us right away so we can help you identify any risks you might have.
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