When the leaves start changing and the grocery store is filled with pumpkin flavored everything it can only mean one thing – fall is here! There are a number of fall activities that can cause noise-induced hearing loss. When you are changing out your wardrobe, you should also think about changing your habits for hearing loss prevention.
Here are some great tips to keep in mind this season.
Use Earplugs to Prevent Hearing Loss
Any time you are exposed to loud noises, you should wear earplugs to protect your hearing. You can purchase disposable earplugs from any Cedar Park pharmacy. Custom ear protection is also available from your Cedar Park audiologist; these earmolds are designed to perfectly fit the contours of your ear, providing the best level of protection.
Avoid the Noise
Your Cedar Park doctor recommends limiting the amount of time you spend in noisy environments. When you do choose to participate in loud activities, make sure to give yourself occasional breaks so your ears can recuperate.
Turn It Down
When you listen to music, play video games or watch TV, keep the volume turned down as low as possible. A good rule of thumb is, if others can hear what you are listening to, it is too loud.
Look Out for Leaf Blowers
Leaf blowers are a common fall nuisance. While they are a necessity to keep your yard in tip-top shape, they can produce potentially dangerous sounds. The most powerful models can create a stream of air exceeding 200 mph and noise levels as high as 112 decibels. This can cause permanent hearing damage in fewer than 15 minutes.
If you aren’t willing to hire a professional landscaper to do the work, consider replacing older models of leaf blowers with newer models that offer reduced decibel output. Even the quietest leaf blowers available will gradually damage your ears, so always wear quality or custom earplugs during yard work.
Understand the Risks of Football Season
Football is basically the national pastime of fall. But going to the games can put your hearing at risk. Stadiums are full of screaming fans and loud announcers. As you know, any sound over 85 dB is potentially dangerous, and noises over 120 dB are known to cause instant and permanent hearing loss. In 2014, Kansas City Chiefs fans set a record, producing cheers at 142.2 dB, which is louder than a gunshot, jet or fireworks. Keep this in mind next time you plan to watch a home game from the stands and make sure to pack your earplugs.
For more information on how to keep yourself safe this fall season, contact your Cedar Park audiologist today.