Women enjoying a summer concert with hearing protection.

Summer is finally here, and you’re ready for all those things we’ve been getting excited about: trips to the beach, chilling out by the swimming pool, and impaired hearing? That’s correct, summer has many unseen potential risks to your hearing, either from loud sounds or the environmental scenarios you may find yourself in. Any sounds over 80 decibels can harm your ears, while permanent loss of hearing can take hold in pools or other bodies of water. To keep your ears safe and sound this summer, you need to be mindful of your surroundings and take preventative measures. Keep on reading to identify the summer’s six hidden hazards to your hearing.

When You go to Concerts, Use Ear Protection

The summer season is concert time, but even if you’re in a venue, you still should attend to your hearing. 90 decibels is in the danger zone for ear injury and live music reaches this level even at outdoor shows. That’s the reason it’s always a good plan to wear earplugs regardless of whether you’re seeing a show indoors or outdoors. You can still hear the music with earplugs in it’s just dampened a little. If you’re taking young children to a concert, think about buying them a heavy duty set of earmuffs since their ears are much more sensitive than those of adults.

It’s Not Just Loud at Fireworks

Honestly, there are a lot of reasons to avoid fireworks in the summer. It’s not just the 4th of July shows that are pro that can hurt your hearing, we mean the backyard fireworks which every summer cause hundreds of injuries. In addition to causing hand injuries, blindness, and house fires, personal fireworks can also cause significant harm to your hearing since they are known to achieve volume levels of 155 dB. This 4th of July, leave the fireworks to the pros and enjoy the display from a safe and sound distance.

Loss of Hearing Can be Brought About by Lawnmowers

If you’re really serious about your yard, chances are you’re out there each week on your lawnmower, trimming your bushes and using your edger. But have you ever noticed how off your ears feel after you get done, how everything sounds muffled or your ears are ringing? That’s because the lawn tools, which are constantly loud, have a slow and steady impact on your hearing. You’ve likely noticed lawn professionals using some kind of hearing protection, next time you do yard work with noisy power equipment, you should take a hint from them and wear earmuffs or earplugs.

Here’s How to Protect Your Ears When You Take a Swim

Huge numbers of people suffer from swimmer’s ear each summer, which happens when bacteria-packed water gets stuck inside your ear canal. Swelling and painful earaches result when the bacteria infects the ear. These bacteria are normally found in rivers and lakes but could also live in hot tubs and pools if the water isn’t properly treated. As long as you have your ears treated by a hearing specialist you will probably be ok, and no permanent loss of hearing will happen. To prevent swimmer’s ear, though, you will want to wear specialized swimming earplugs in the pool and get your pool water tested to make certain the chemical balance is ok.

Boats and Other Water Sports

The summer season is a taste of freedom for those who love to be in a boat on the water, smelling the salt air from the ocean or the fresh breeze of the lake. But, jet ski and boat engines are usually noisy,they can get up to over 100 decibels. Long term hearing damage can happen after around 15 minutes of exposure to that much noise. In this situation also, using a pair of throw away foam earplugs is a smart strategy.

Your Ears Can be Hurt by Car Races

It doesn’t matter what kind of auto racing you like, motorcycle, midget, Formula 1, drag racing or stock cars. If you attend a lot of auto-races this summer, they all present a risk. 120 dB is well within the danger zone for hearing loss and a number of races go well above this. Earplugs are your best friends at these races, while your kids should probably use the earmuffs we mentioned earlier. If you don’t, you may not get to enjoy the sound of those engines as you get older.