A guide to protecting your hearing during the summer months
Summer is in full swing, and we couldn't be more excited! But amidst all the fun and outdoor activities, it's crucial to take care of your hearing too.
Did you know that prolonged exposure to loud noises can cause damage to your hearing? That's why we're here to help you protect your precious sense of sound with our ultimate guide to safeguarding your hearing during these sunny months.
Whether you're attending concerts, hitting the beach, or exploring nature's wonders, we've got you covered. Here are a few tips to keep your hearing in tip-top shape:
Be mindful of noise levels at summer festivals and concerts
While these events are enjoyable they can expose your ears to potentially harmful noise levels. Lengthy vulnerability to sounds above 85 dBs can cause noise-induced hearing problems. To protect your ears consider wearing earplugs during these potentially harmful noise levels.
Protect your ears when swimming
Swimmers ear is an infection in the outer ear canal which runs to the outside of the head. It is often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming, creating a moist environment that aids the growth of bacteria. To prevent this infection, dry your ear exhaustively after swimming.
Dehydration can affect your listening. The fluids in your ear structure maintain the ion balance in your inner ear, which is important for hearing. When you're dehydrated, especially in the red-hot summer months, these fluids can become imbalanced. Ensure you're drinking lots of water throughout the day, especially if you're spending more time in the sun or physical exertion.
Limit the use of earbud earphones
Many people use earbuds to listen to music or podcasts while enjoying outdoor activities during the summer months while on holiday and days out. Lengthy use of earbuds can lead to noise-induced hearing issues. Follow the 60/60 listening rule: listen at no more than 60% of the maximum volume for no more than 60% of the time. As Well, consider using over-the-ear headphones instead of earbud earphones.
Regular hearing check-ups
If you notice any alterations in your hearing, such as ringing in your ears or difficulty understanding speech, book an appointment with our Audiologist. It is important to look after your own hearing. In conclusion, while summertime is time for enjoyment relaxation and longer days, by being mindful of noise levels, protecting your ears when swimming, keeping hydrated, limiting the use of earbuds, and scheduling hearing check-ups, you can enjoy all the sounds of summertime without risking your hearing wellness.
Remember, your hearing health matters, and we're here to provide you with the knowledge and support you need to enjoy a safe and sound summer. If you have any concerns about your hearing health, simply book a hearing care appointment with one of our qualified audiologists today: