Preventing Noise-Related Hearing Loss

Man with weedwacker wearing hearing protection cutting the grass

The average summer day is likely filled with fun experiences and happenings, from motorcycle rides to family reunions to fireworks to sporting events. The majority of these activities are perfectly safe and healthy, but some do come with a risk of noise-related hearing loss. Over time, the loud noises that accompany some of these activities can lead to permanent hearing damage. This hearing damage could be caused by anything from the roar of a motorcycle engine to the booms of a fireworks show.

Over time, very loud noises can cause damage to your ears. The consequence of this exposure is loss of hearing. Noise-induced hearing loss is effectively permanent.

There is no cure, though this form of hearing loss can be effectively controlled. Raising your awareness of these prevalent loud noises can help you better control risks and develop prevention strategies, so you can protect your hearing over the long run. You can protect the health of your hearing while still enjoying summer fun by making use of a few basic adjustments.

Is it really that loud during the summer?

It can be very easy to miss noise risks during the summer months. Here are a few of the most prevalent and also most harmful:

  • Loud concerts: Concerts put your hearing at risk even if they’re outdoor concerts. These events are, after all, meant to be quite loud.
  • Driving: If you’re driving with the windows down, the wind noise can reach hazardous volumes in your ears and this is even more pertinent if you drive a convertible. This is particularly true if the sound happens for long durations without breaks.
  • Routine use of power tools: Home improvement projects are ideal activities during the summer. But power tools, in general, are typically really loud. The more you use these tools, the more your hearing risk increases.
  • Sporting events: Any time you’re in loud crowds, you could increase your risk of noise damage (this can be even more prevalent at sporting events that feature motorized attractions, such as a Nascar race or monster truck rally).
  • Routine lawn care: This category includes chainsaws, weed wackers, leaf blowers, and lawnmowers. These tools have really loud powerful motors. Motors that run on electricity instead of gas are usually quite a bit quieter, though.
  • Fireworks events: Many places have fireworks displays monthly or more during the summer. From neighborhood gatherings to holiday celebrations to sporting events, fireworks shows are everywhere during the summer months. But fireworks shows are easily loud enough to trigger permanent hearing damage.

The volume level that’s considered to be where damage starts to happen is around 85 dB. A typical hair dryer, blender, or lawnmower is about this volume. That’s important to note because these sounds may not feel particularly noisy. But that doesn’t mean that such volumes won’t cause damage.

How can I prevent noise-related hearing loss?

Noise-related hearing loss effects millions of people every year. Noise-related hearing loss can happen at any age, unlike age-related hearing loss. Prevention is significant for this precise reason. Some of the most reliable prevention strategies include the following:

  • Wear hearing protection: If you cannot avoid noisy environments (or don’t want to miss out on particular enjoyable activities), you can invest in a set of good ear muffs or ear plugs. Wear this hearing protection whenever you need to, when you are in environments that are loud. Damage can be avoided in this way. Custom hearing protection devices personalized to your ears and your hearing can be particularly effective.
  • Use disposable earplugs when you have to: Disposable earplugs aren’t as reliable as more customized types, but they’re much better than nothing! If you find yourself suddenly in a noisy environment, a cheap pair of disposable earplugs can help prevent substantial hearing damage.
  • Limit your time in noisy environments: The more noisy the environment, the more you should regulate your time. Your ears can be safeguarded from long-term damage in this way. If you’re at a noisy sporting event, for instance, walk to a quieter spot every thirty minutes or so.
  • Get your hearing checked: In some cases, hearing loss sneaks up on you very gradually. It could take years to detect in many circumstances. Frequently, the only way to determine whether you have any noise-induced hearing loss is to have your hearing examined. We will help you comprehend how to keep your hearing healthy for years to come and talk about treatment solutions for any hearing loss you may already have.
  • Give your ears a break (and time to recover): If you attended a loud fireworks display, make sure your next day is a quiet one. This can give your ears more time to recover and prevent further and more significant damage.
  • Turn down the volume at home: Simply turning down the volume on your TV and music playing devices can help give your ears some rest and a chance to recover. Damage will develop faster if you’re always listening to your devices at a high volume.
  • Download a sound level detection app to your phone: You may be surprised at just how rapidly sounds can escalate above that 85dB danger zone level. Even your earbuds and headphones can start to do damage at these volume levels. There are numerous dependable apps available for smartphones that can help you track ambient noise levels, so you can be more aware of when your surroundings become dangerous to your hearing.

Noise-induced hearing loss isn’t inevitable. Prevention strategies can help preserve your hearing. You can protect your hearing and enjoy fun activities in any season with the proper strategy.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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