As summer vacation gets into full swing, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) and Sandia Hearing Center urge children and adults to protect their hearing, reminding them that noise-induced hearing loss cannot be reversed.
Summer brings a chorus of sweet sounds. But it also brings noise that can be harmful to our ears. Prolonged exposure to the roar of lawn mowers, power tools, motorized recreational vehicles, target shooting, concerts, loud sporting events, and fireworks all can wreak havoc on our hearing. In fact, the single bang of a firecracker at close range can permanently damage hearing in an instant, making it forever more difficult to hear the subtler sounds of summer.
Sandia Hearing Center in Colorado Springs, CO offers some simple tips to follow:
- Use earplugs: When you know you will be exposed to loud sounds, use earplugs. Disposable earplugs, made of foam or silicone, are typically available at local pharmacies. Custom ear protection crafted to fit each unique ear also is available from Sandia Hearing Center.
- Leave the fireworks to the professionals: Make sure your family and friends fully enjoy the summer and all its fireworks festivities by celebrating smart. Leave the fireworks to the professionals. When watching the show, stay a safe distance away—where you can enjoy the colors and lights, but not expose yourself and your family to loud noises.
- Keep the volume down: When listening to smartphones and MP3 players, keep them at a low volume. Importantly, limit your use of headphones and earbuds.
- Limit your time in noisy environments: Do all you can to limit the length of time you spend in a noisy environment.
- Take measures to protect against swimmer’s ear: Be sure to dry your ears completely after swimming. And do your best to drain any residual water from your ear canal by tilting your head to the side.
Visit your local hearing healthcare professional: Sandia Hearing Center can provide a hearing test to determine your baseline hearing level and determine if you have any hearing loss that should be addressed.
To find information and resources on hearing health, call us at Sandia Hearing Center in Colorado Springs 719-634-6260. We’ll keep you hearing into your golden years!