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Women enjoying a summer concert with hearing protection.

Summer is finally here, and you’re ready for all those things we’ve been getting excited about: swimming in the pool, going to the beach, and some activities that can harm your ears. That’s correct, summer has a few unseen potential risks to your ears, either from loud sounds or the environmental scenarios you may find yourself in. Any sounds over 80 decibels could lead to harm to your hearing, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can bring about lasting loss of hearing. You have to take preventative measures and be aware of your environment in order to keep your hearing safe this summer. Here are six of the summer’s concealed hearing risks.

When You go to Concerts, Wear Hearing Protection

The summer season is concert season, but even if you go to an outdoor venue, you still should attend to your ears. Live music can have volumes that are over 90 decibels, even at outside concerts, which is inside of the danger zone of hearing loss. So whether you’re attending an inside or outside shows, it’s a practical plan to use earplugs. You can still hear the tunes with earplugs in it’s just dampened a little bit. If you’re bringing young kids to a performance, consider getting them a heavy duty set of earmuffs since their hearing is much more delicate 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. We’re not talking about the expert 4th of July displays, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summertime cause many of injuries. Home fireworks reach decibel levels of over 155 which can damage your ears along with causing hand injuries, loss of vision and backyard fires. This year, on the 4th of July, appreciate the fireworks from a little further away and leave the fireworks to the pro’s.

Hearing Loss Can be Caused by Lawnmowers

If you care about your lawn, your edger, trimmer, and mower are your best friends. But this muffled sensation in your ears is a signal that your ears have been injured. That’s because the constant noise from your lawn tools impact your hearing over time. You may have noticed lawn professionals wearing some kind of hearing protection, next time you do yard work with noisy power equipment, you need to take a hint from them and wear earplugs or earmuffs.

Here’s How to Safeguard Your Ears When You Take a Swim

Huge numbers of people suffer from swimmer’s ear every summer, which occurs when bacteria-laden water gets trapped in your ear canal. The bacteria then infects the ear, causing painful earaches and swelling. These bacteria are normally found in rivers and lakes but could also live in hot tubs and pools if the water is not thoroughly managed. As long as you have your ears treated by a hearing professional you should be ok, and no irreversible hearing loss will happen. To counter swimmer’s ear, however, you will want to wear specialized swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water analyzed to make sure 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 are often loud,we’re talking over 100 decibels. Continual exposure to that much noise for about 15 minutes can bring about permanent hearing impairment. In this circumstance also, wearing a pair of disposable foam earplugs is a smart idea.

Your Hearing Can be Harmed by Car Races

It doesn’t matter what kind of auto racing you love, stock cars, midgets, motorcycles, drag racing, Formula 1. Every one of them can cause a huge problem for your hearing if you attend race after race this summer. It’s calculated that sound levels can exceed 120 decibels at certain races, which is definitely in the danger zone for hearing impairment. Earplugs are your best bet at these races, whereas your kids should probably use the earmuffs which were mentioned earlier. Otherwise, you might not be able to enjoy the sound of those engines as you get older.