As summer is in full swing, we run from one activity to another so quickly that we may forget to stop and think about how each of these activities can harm our hearing. For a lot of people, summertime means enjoying the great outdoors. But along with favorite summer pastimes come potential threats to your hearing — in the form of ka-booms, roars, blasts and other ear-piercing noises.
About 15% of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have a hearing loss that may have been caused by exposure to noise at work or in leisure activities, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
How loud is too loud? Extended or repeated exposure to sounds of 85 decibels (dB) or more can cause hearing loss, according to the NIDCD. The louder the sound, the less time it takes for damage to occur. The following are examples of common outdoor sounds and the typical decibel levels for each:
Noise-induced hearing loss is usually permanent — but it’s also highly preventable. Wear earplugs or other protective devices when exposed to dangerous sounds (85 dB or more). If you don’t have hearing protection, move away from hazardous noises.
Lastly, get your hearing tested if you suspect a hearing loss. Call Amplifon Hearing Health Care today to schedule an appointment with a provider near you.