What Can You Do to Protect Your Hearing this Summer?

Summer is here! Don’t let all the fun of summer affect your hearing. Being in the great outdoors this summer whether it be for the fireworks, swimming, or concerts all have more in common than you might imagine, they can permanently damage your ears if you are not careful. Don’t worry though, just follow our tips so that you know what you can do to protect your hearing this summer.

  1. Wear ear plugs or hearing protection during loud events like concerts, fireworks, or sporting events.  Noise-induced hearing loss can become a problem at prolonged exposure to decibel levels of 85 or higher. Of course, concerts and fireworks are above that level, but so are race cars, gunshots, and even many power tools. So if you are working in the yard this summer, chainsaws, riding lawn mowers, drills, sandblasters and other tools are all capable of causing hearing loss.
  2. Don’t dabble in fireworks. Fireworks are explosives and their sound can damage your hearing permanently. Leave the fireworks displays to the professionals; sit back, relax, and watch.
  3. Walk away. If you are at a noisy event all day long, walk away and give your ears a break from the noise occasionally. This is a good idea, even if you are wearing ear protection.
  4. Keep the headphones turned down. Whether it is during summer travel or just for relaxing at the pool or the beach, earbuds are very popular; but, they are also a source that can damage your hearing if you listen too loudly. In addition to keeping the volume low, limit the time you listen to music through earphones.
  5. Be aware of changes in pressure. Plane travel is notorious for causing air pressure changes that can cause discomfort in your ears and in some cases can be damaging. Chewing, yawning,  or swallowing can help alleviate the pressure build up inside your ears. In addition to plane travel, other summer activities might also cause changes in pressure and they include: hiking at high altitude, SCUBA diving, or swimming in deep water.
  6. Protect your ears in the water. Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities. However, if you are prone to getting swimmer’s ear, then ear plugs can prevent this problem from recurring.  Swimmer’s ear happens if water gets trapped in the ear canal. That fluid can be a hotbed for bacteria and fungi. This can be prevented by wearing ear plugs while swimming.
  7. Make an appointment with us for some custom hearing protection to keep your ears safe during summer and all year long.

If you wear hearing aids, see our blog about protecting your hearing aids during summer fun.

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