The most common cause of hearing loss that we see in our clinic is noise induced hearing loss. Many people do not realize how hazardous the levels of the lawn mower, weed eaters and leaf blowers are and they are doing yard work weekly. Don’t forget that power tools, such as saws and drills can reach dangerous levels. Many people assume just shooting guns for hunting or target shooting are bad, but concerts and iPod can also reach high decibel levels too.
We also specialize in hearing protection, so please contact our office for help and guidance in protecting your hearing.
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