How to Protect Your Hearing From Summer Noises
When exposed to loud noises for extended periods of time, you are at risk of suffering temporary or permanent damage, causing hearing loss.
In the words of Peter Drucker: “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said,” and that’s true. Intelligent observing, along with emotional perception and body language decoding go a long way but, what happens when we are partly limited by a hearing disability or can’t hear at all? We become difficult – both to ourselves and everyone we communicate with.
If our hearing still isn’t compromised, to a point our everyday communication is becoming a problem, the least we can do is make sure we keep it that way by looking out for potential risk factors and eliminating them from the get-go – especially during summer time when the inhibitions are low, and noise is loud.
Here are a few potential triggers you should be aware of:
Summer and Loud Noise at Concerts
When you are exposed to loud noises (i.e., music) for extended periods of time, the hair cells or auditory nerve are at risk of suffering temporary or permanent damage, causing hearing loss. Constant or even temporary ringing or /buzzing in your ears (professionally known as tinnitus) usually accompanies this feeling of reduced or muffled hearing. To keep your ears safe during concerts, it’s imperative to wear hearing protection. Concert lovers will love the benefits of Musicians’ Ear Plugs, earplugs designed explicitly for concertgoers – they protect your ears without sacrificing the quality of the music.
Loud Noise Caused by using Yard Power Tools or doing Renovations
Although gardening is a standard method for stress relief, it can be a dangerous “hobby” too. A typical lawn mower runs at about 100 dB making it safe to use for about 15 minutes before hearing loss can happen! Weed eaters or lawn trimmers run at 100 dB can be loud and dangerous for the hearing too. Even a gas leaf blower can create enough damaging noise that weekly use could create concerns for ones hearing.
The use of power tools commonly used in home renovations is extremely dangerous when not accompanied by properly fit hearing protection. Similarly, to the yard tools listed above, power tools routinely are measured at well over 100 dB.
In doing home renovations or beautifying your yard, remember these tips and tricks to protect your hearing:
• Always wear ear protection to be safe
• Gas equipment is often louder than electric lawn care equipment
• Newer models usually have improved, quieter engines
• Consider the noise level before purchasing new equipment
• Worn parts and poor lubrication will increase noise levels, so keep your machinery adequately maintained
• Use proper sound buffering products
What Are the Signs to Watch out for When Using Tools or Listening to Loud Music?
• Ringing in the ears
• A muffled feeling in ears – ears plugged or ear pain
• A sudden change in hearing - temporary or permanent
Check out this summer holiday healthy hearing guide for more tips.
If you are looking for the best company to help you with your hearing problems, Grand River Hearing and Tinnitus Centre is a family owned and operated business, providing a patient-centered approach to hearing healthcare. We care about the client and community.
Contact us if you experience any hearing changes. A comprehensive hearing assessment will be necessary. You will be educated with valuable information to keep your hearing in the best optimal condition. We offer the best ear monitors, ear plugs and custom made noise protection for those who work in noisy environments
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