Summertime is perhaps one of the most beloved times of the year, if you’re into hot weather. With kids playing outside and school being let out for two months, many people tend to seek out different ways of having fun. However, it’s important to be aware of some common sounds during the summer that can cause harm to your hearing. Let’s take a look at some of the potentially harmful sounds you could be exposed to this summer, and how to help protect your hearing against them.
Major Sporting Events
With baseball season starting off in the Spring and continuing well on through the Summer, baseball stadiums should be of concern when it comes to your hearing. Major league baseball games can reach unsafe sound levels of up to 114dB, according to a study done by the University of Michigan.
To put things into perspective, this is significantly above the minimum threshold for permanent damage of 85dB. Typically, a pair of disposable earplugs are recommended to be worn during these events to help reduce the noise level your ears are being exposed to.
Yard work is particularly favored during the summer months, due to the fact that the weather is perfect for weeds and grass to grow. While many people don’t think twice about whether their lawn mower is causing any harm to their hearing because it’s a common household item, a lawn mower usually produces noise levels of about 90dB.
Many people play music through earbuds while doing yard work, but this could also potentially damage your hearing. Due to the volume of the lawn mower, in order to hear the music, you would have to play it at unsafe levels. Next time you mow the lawn, consider using a pair of disposable ear plugs to protect your hearing!
The Fourth of July is by far one of the loudest holiday celebrations due to primarily one thing: fireworks. Fireworks are amazing to look at and can create elegant and spectacular shows but depending on where your proximity to them, these elaborate shows can severely impact your hearing. With noise levels that range from 150dB to 175dB, fireworks can cause serious damage if you’re not protecting your hearing. Not only do these noise levels affect adults, but they harshly impact children’s hearing as well. If you pop fireworks and have children outside, it’s best to protect their hearing with a pair of foam-filled earmuffs as ear plugs have the potential to fall out of a child’s ear.
Don’t Let This Summer Harm Your Hearing
Summertime can be filled with days of playing out in the sun, or relaxing by the pool, but if you find yourself engaging in any of the activities listed above, be sure to practice safe hearing by using ear protection. The use of disposable ear plugs will suffice for great protection against any of the listed unsafe noise levels. Along with these common sounds of summer, there are other popular places you should be aware of to properly protect your hearing.