Actually we need to be protecting our hearing year round, but summer comes to mind most commonly as more people are mowing, using weed eaters and leaf blowers. Typically all of that equipment has potentially damaging decibel levels to our hearing. And once you damage or lose your hearing, we cannot grow it back. It’s just gone. So take some steps to protect your hearing this summer and the rest of the year. Hearing protection comes in a variety of styles and strengths. That is one of our specialties and please contact us if you need guidance.
- Wear hearing protection devices while mowing and using loud equipment. Keep in mind 4th of July fireworks are loud as well as winter time chainsaws.
- Concerts both indoors and outdoors can be loud and damaging.
- Hunting and shooting are hazardous.
- If you have to be in a noise environment, such as a sporting event and you cannot or do not have hearing protection then limit your exposure time.
- Some motorcycles and tractors (especially those without cabs) can be dangerous to your hearing.
- Music headphones can get really loud being so close to your eardrums, so turn them down or limit your time. Also invest in decibel limiting headphones.
Hopefully those are some helpful ideas to protect your hearing. Please contact us if you have any questions as we are happy to help.
Dr. Stephanie R. Moore