Summertime doesn’t last long, so do all you can to fit fun events into these warm months. Since the kids are out of school and you’re taking vacation time, you will likely head out to enjoy anything from fireworks to music festivals. While these are all immensely enjoyable events that you love to attend annually, there are some hidden dangers that you need to consider. Because these events are very loud, they can actually lead to hearing loss when you don’t take precautions. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of experiencing hearing loss, so consider these helpful tips and learn about some common summer sounds that could pose a danger in terms of hearing damage.
If you’re like most people and enjoy taking in a good baseball game on a calm balmy night, you may enjoy the crowd noise and all that goes along with it. But you may not think you’re being subjected to hearing loss, which is prevalent in young people when it comes to fan noise. Race car driving is the worst, though, in terms of the possibility for hearing damage, thanks to the 115 decibels of sound produced on the track by all the cars. You could experience long-term hearing damage at worst and total temporary hearing loss at best.
Brilliant displays of fireworks probably come to mind when you conjure images of summer. Not only are the bursts of light fun to watch but each boom can be thrilling. Those explosions carry with them 150 decibels of sound, however, leading to significant hearing loss. It can be fun watching fireworks to celebrate local and national events, but they can be very damaging to the ears. You should always wear ear plugs for anything over 85 decibels, so this is certainly an event at which you should wear them.
Swaying to your favorite musicians playing the latest tunes during a music festival is one of the great joys of summer. With that joy comes an exposure to 115 decibels of sound emanating from the speaker. This means you are putting yourself at risk for permanent hearing damage, a common side effect of rock concerts, particularly with young people. Try to avoid sitting right near the stage and sit further back to reduce exposure.
You’re probably not aware of the droning of lawn mowers and other lawn care machines that you hear throughout the neighborhood; however, the 100 decibels created by such machines can bring on long-term hearing damage. This risk is increased during prolonged exposure for an hour or more at a time.
Be Proactive with Your Ears
The use of moderation in participation of any of these activities is number one. There are two main steps you can take to minimize your risk of hearing loss. First, stay far away from the speakers at concerts and staging areas for fireworks. Stay for a portion of the event rather than the entire thing. Another way you can help is to use ear plugs every time you attend a large crowded, noisy event.