Women enjoying a summer concert with hearing protection.

We’ve been getting excited about summer activities all year: trips to the beach, chilling out by the pool, and damaged hearing? That’s correct, summer has a lot of unseen risks to your ears, either from loud noises or the environmental scenarios you might find yourself in. Any sounds above 80 decibels can harm your ears, while swimming in pools or other bodies of water can cause permanent loss of hearing. To keep your ears safe and sound this summer, you need to be mindful of your surroundings and take preventative measures. Read on to discover the summer’s six hidden threats to your hearing.

When You go to Concerts, Use Hearing Protection

Whether you’re at an indoor stadium or an outdoor show venue you still should wear ear protection during live music. 90 decibels is in the danger zone for ear injury and concerts reach this volume even at outdoor shows. So whether you’re attending an inside or outside shows, it’s a smart idea to use earplugs. You can still hear the sounds with earplugs it’s just dampened slightly. If you’re bringing young children to a show, think about getting them a heavy duty pair of earmuffs because kids have more delicate hearing than adults.

Fireworks Are More Than Just Loud

Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. It’s not just the 4th of July shows which are pro that can harm your hearing, we mean the backyard fireworks that cause hundreds of accidents throughout the summer. Backyard fireworks achieve volume levels of over 155 which can damage your ears on top of causing hand problems, blindness and home fires. This year, on the 4th of July, enjoy the fireworks from a distance and leave the fireworks to the pro’s.

Lawnmowers Can Cause Hearing Loss

If you’re serious about your yard, chances are you’re out there at least once a week on your lawnmower, trimming your bushes and using your edger. But this muffled feeling in your ears is a signal that your ears have been injured. That’s because the constant noise from your lawn tools have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. Perhaps you’ve noticed landscapers wearing some kind of hearing protection, next time you work on your yard with loud power equipment, you should take a cue from them and wear earmuffs or earplugs.

Here’s How to Safeguard Your Ears When You go Swimming

Millions of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which occurs when bacteria-laden water becomes stuck inside your ear canal. Swelling and painful earaches result when the ear gets infected by the bacteria. These bacteria are usually found in rivers and lakes but sometimes also live in hot tubs and pools if the water is not correctly treated. As long as you have your ears treated by a hearing expert you will probably be ok, and no permanent loss of hearing will happen. To be safe, when your swimming in your pool, use specialized swimmers earplugs and keep the chemical balance precise to minimize the chance of getting swimmers ear.

Water Sports And Boats

If you love the water, the summer season is beach and boating time for you. But, jet ski and boat engines are often loud,we’re talking more than 100 decibels. Continuous exposure to that much noise for around 15 minutes can lead to irreparable hearing damage. In this circumstance also, using a pair of disposable foam earplugs is a smart plan.

Car Races Can Injure Your Ears

It doesn’t make a difference what type of auto racing you enjoy, midget, Formula 1, drag racing, motorcycle Formula 1. All of them can present a huge challenge for your hearing if you go to many races this summer. 120 dB is inside of the danger zone for hearing loss and a number of races go well above this. Earplugs are your best bet at these races, whereas your children should definitely wear the earmuffs we mentioned earlier. Because you may not be able to appreciate the sounds of any races in the future if you don’t.