Protect Your Hearing This Summer

May 19, 2022

It’s almost summertime, and the livin’ will be easy. But outdoor activities can lead to noise-induced hearing loss if you are not careful. People of all ages should take extra precautions to protect their hearing during the summer months.

When the weather is warm, our natural inclination is to go outside. Due to high decibel levels, many popular summer activities can be hazardous to our ears. Prolonged exposure to the sounds of lawnmowers, power tools, motorized vehicles, sporting events, concerts and fireworks can all lead to irreversible hearing damage.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your ears safe and prevent long-term damage.

Follow these tips from the Better Hearing Institute. 

  • Use earplugs. When you know you will be exposed to loud sounds, wear earplugs to prevent damage to your hearing. Disposable earplugs are readily available and will allow you to hear music and conversations while blocking dangerously loud sounds. Custom ear protection crafted from earmolds will perfectly fi t the unique contours of your ears, guaranteeing a snug, proper fit and dependable protection.
  • Leave the fireworks to the professionals. Fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July, but they represent an extreme noise hazard and should be restricted to professionals. The bang from a single firecracker at close range can cause immediate and permanent hearing damage. When watching fireworks, enjoy them from a distance. Earplugs will provide an extra level of hearing protection without detracting from the festivities.
  • Take measures to protect against swimmer’s ear. There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool swim on a hot day, but when water enters the ear canals, it can lead to a painful infection known as swimmer’s ear. To protect against this, invest in a pair of swimmers’ plugs. Dry your ears thoroughly after swimming, and make sure to tilt your head to the side to drain any residual water from your ear canals. Avoid swimming in water where bacterial counts are high (look for signs posted at the local beach).

If you have additional questions about summer hearing protection, give us a call at (925) 804-3504.

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