The birds are chirping and the flowers are starting to bloom. That means only one thing – it’s spring! Soon you’ll be putting sneakers on for long walks in the park and wearing gloves to keep your hands clean while gardening; do you do anything to protect your hearing?
Springtime comes with its own set of dangers for your hearing health. In order to protect yourself, your Cedar Park hearing specialist has put together the following list of potential hazards.
With nice weather comes a myriad of new activities that require proper hearing protection to stay safe.
Springtime makes you want to hit the open road. Before you set off for your first hog ride of the season, make sure you have the right protection. Helmet? Cool riding gloves? Custom in-ear monitors? A motorcycle can reach sounds up to 100 decibels; anything over 85 dB can cause irreversible hearing loss. In fact, 100 dB is as loud as a jet taking off.
In-ear monitors can eliminate damagingly loud sounds while still letting important, subtle sounds enter your ears, thus ensuring a safe ride.
If a motorcycle ride is not for you, what about a convertible? On nice days, there are few things better than driving around with the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin. A 2009 study found that driving some convertibles at speeds between 50 and 70 miles per hour exposed drivers to noise levels of 88 to 90 dB.
To protect your hearing, try limiting your drive time to 15-minute intervals. Stopping at scenic overlooks gives both your eyes and ears a break.
Have you been itching to tackle that home improvement project you started last fall but had to put away because of the weather? Spring is the perfect time to pick it back up. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) notes that wood and metal shops and power tools have an average sound intensity of 100 dB. This level of sound can cause hearing loss after just 15 minutes. To put this into perspective:
- Hand drill – 98 dB
- Power mower (from three feet away) – 107 dB
- Power saw (from three feet away) – 110 dB
Hearing protection can be purchased from your local Cedar Park hardware store to be worn while using power tools.
For more information on how to protect yourself this spring, contact your Cedar Park audiologist to schedule a visit today.