Summer is finally here, which means it is time to attend family BBQs and spend lazy Sunday afternoons on West Lake Beach. In addition to the days being longer and the pace being slower, there is also an increase in noisy activities. While fun, these events can put your hearing at risk. Continue reading to learn how you can still enjoy everything you love about summer while also keeping your ears safe.
Noisy Summer Activities
Exposure to loud noise can damage the delicate hair cells within your ear, which are an important part of the hearing process. These hair cells translate soundwaves into electrical impulses, which are then sent through the auditory nerve to the brain to be interpreted as sound. Unlike the hair on your head, damage to these inner ear hair cells is permanent.
Damage to these delicate hair cells is known as noise-induced hearing loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 12.5% of children between the ages of 6 to 19 and 17% of adults between the ages of 20 to 69 have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive exposure to noise.
Common summertime activities that may put your ears are risk include:
- Attending 4th of July firework shows.
- Mowing the lawn.
- Using power tools.
- Watching a baseball game.
- Attending a summer concert.
- Working out at an exercise class.
- Watching a stock car race.
- Going to the movies.
How to Protect Your Hearing at Home
When at home, following these tips can help keep your ears safe:
- Turn down the volume when watching TV.
- Take breaks when listening to music.
- Invest in quieter power tools and recreational vehicles.
- Wear hearing protection.
- Place extra earplugs in convenient locations so they are easy to grab.
How to Protect Your Hearing Out in Public
When out in public, following these tips can help keep your ears safe:
- Stand as far away from the sound source/speaker as possible when attending a live show.
- Limit how long you spend at a loud event.
- Bring hearing protection with you to events, even if you do not think it will be that loud.
To learn more about protecting your hearing this summer or to schedule an appointment with a hearing expert, contact Victory Hearing & Balance Center today.