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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 looking forward to: trips to the beach, chilling out by the pool, and injured hearing? That’s correct, summer holds a few unseen potential risks to your ears, either from loud noises or the external situations you might find yourself in. Any noises above 80 decibels can result in harm to your hearing, while lasting hearing loss can take hold in swimming pools or other bodies of water. You have to take preventative measures and be mindful of your surroundings in order to keep your hearing safe this summer season. Here are 6 of the summer’s hidden hearing hazards.

Wear Ear Protection at Concerts

Whether you’re at an indoor stadium or an outside show venue you still should wear ear protection during concerts. Concerts can have volumes that are over 90 decibels, even at outside shows, which is within the danger zone of hearing loss. So whether you’re attending an inside or outside concerts, it’s a practical plan to use earplugs. Earplugs dampen the sound while still letting you to hear and enjoy the music. If you’re going to a show with young children, think about getting them a heavy duty set of earmuffs because children have more sensitive hearing than 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 skilled 4th of July displays, we mean the backyard fireworks that cause many of injuries throughout the summer. Along with causing hand traumas, blindness, and home fires, backyard fireworks can also result in severe harm to your hearing since they are known to get to decibel levels of 155. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the pros and enjoy the display from a protected and sound distance.

Lawnmowers Can Bring About Loss of Hearing

If you’re really 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 have you ever noticed how off your ears feel when you finish, making everything sound muffled? That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, impact your hearing over time. If you’ve ever noticed landscapers, you probably have noticed them using hearing protection, next time you work on your yard with noisy power equipment, you need to take a cue from them and wear earmuffs or earplugs.

Hears How to Protect Your Ears When You Take a Swim

Huge numbers of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which happens when the ear canal traps water which is high in bacteria. The bacteria then infects the ear, triggering swelling and painful earaches. It’s not just rivers and lakes that hold these bacteria, they can sometimes be found in hot tubs and pools if they aren’t cleaned and treated thoroughly. As long as you have your ears treated by a hearing specialist you should be fine, and no lasting hearing loss will occur. To counter swimmer’s ear, though, you should wear specialized swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water tested to be sure the chemical balance is safe.

Water Sports And Boats

If you enjoy the water, summertime is beach and boating time for you. But, jet ski and boat engines are usually noisy,we’re talking more than 100 decibels. Long term hearing impairment can happen after only 15 minutes of exposure to that kind of noise. Once more, it’s probably in your best interests to wear a couple of disposable, foam earplugs while you’re out on the water to make sure you don’t unintentionally harm your ears.

Car Races Can Injure Your Hearing

It doesn’t matter what type of auto racing you enjoy, motorcycle, midget, Formula 1, drag racing or stock cars. If you attend a lot of auto-races this year, they all present a danger. It’s estimated that sound levels can exceed 120 decibels at some races, which is definitely inside the danger zone for hearing damage. Earplugs are your best bet at these races, although your kids should definitely use the earmuffs we mentioned earlier. Because you might not get to enjoy the sounds of any races in the future if you don’t.