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Women enjoying a summer concert with hearing protection.

We’ve been getting excited about summer fun all year: swimming in the pool, going to the beach, and other activities that might harm your ears. You could find yourself in external situations or exposed to other loud sounds this summer that are hidden risks to your ears. Any noises above 80 decibels can harm your ears, while lasting hearing loss can happen in pools or other bodies of water. To keep your ears safeguarded this summer, you have to be conscious of your environment and take precautions. Read on to learn the summer’s six hidden hazards to your ears.

When You go to Concerts, Put on Ear Protection

The summer season is concert time, but even if you go to an outdoor arena, you still should attend to your hearing. 90 decibels is inside the danger zone for ear damage and concerts reach this volume even when you’re at outdoor shows. So regardless of whether you’re attending an inside or outside concerts, it’s a good plan to wear earplugs. You can still hear the tunes with earplugs it’s just dampened a little bit. If you’re bringing young children to a concert, consider getting them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs because kids have more sensitive ears than adults.

Fireworks Are More Than Just Loud

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 injure your hearing, we mean the backyard fireworks that trigger many of injuries during the summertime. Home fireworks achieve decibel levels of over 155 which can hurt your ears on top of causing hand injuries, loss of sight and backyard fires. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the show from a safe and sound distance.

Loss of Hearing Can be Brought About by Lawnmowers

If you love to take care of your yard, your edger, trimmer, and mower are your best friends. But have you ever noticed how off your ears feel when you finish, how everything sounds muffled or your ears are ringing? That’s because the constant noise from your lawn tools impact your hearing over time. If you’ve ever observed lawn care pro’s, you most likely have seen them using ear protection, you should take a hint from them and wear earplugs or earmuffs next time you take care of your yard to make sure your hearing stay healthy.

Pools And Beaches, What You Should do to Protect Your Ears

Huge numbers of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which happens when the ear canal traps water which has to much bacteria. The bacteria then infects the ear, leading to painful earaches and swelling. These bacteria are normally found in rivers and lakes but could also live in pools and hot tubs if the water is not properly treated. As long as you have your ears treated by a hearing specialist you should be ok, and no irreversible hearing loss will occur. To protect against swimmer’s ear, however, you should wear specialized swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water analyzed to be sure the chemical balance is ok.

Water Sports And Boats

The summer season is a taste of freedom for those individuals who enjoy being out on the water, smelling the salt air of the ocean or the fresh breeze from the lake. But, jet ski and boat engines can be loud,they can get up to over 100 decibels. Lasting hearing damage can happen after about 15 minutes of exposure to that kind of noise. Again, it’s really in your best interests to use a couple of disposable, foam earplugs when you’re out on the water to make certain you don’t unintentionally damage your ears.

Your Hearing Can be Injured by Car Races

It doesn’t make a difference what type of auto racing you like, stock cars, midgets, motorcycles, drag racing, Formula 1. Every one of them can cause a huge problem for your hearing if you attend many races during the summer season. It’s estimated that sound levels can exceed 120 decibels at certain races, which is absolutely in the danger zone for hearing injury. Earplugs are your best bet at these races, while your kids should probably wear the earmuffs we mentioned earlier. Otherwise, you may not be able to enjoy the sound of those engines as you get older.