Did You Know? Hobbies and Activities That Hurt Your Hearing

Ahh, spring is here, and you know what that means? Longer days and warmer weather, finally right? We go stir crazy being cooped up inside the house all winter, so when the temperature starts to rise most people take advantage of the warmer weather. However, the outside world is loud! So much so, it can be damaging to your ears.

Precaution is needed while you are taking advantage of some of your favorite hobbies and past times this spring. Learn how to protect yourself with our spring hearing guide.

Seeing Live Shows

It’s not uncommon for volume levels to reach 85dB and higher at music concerts. Unfortunately, 85dB is well into the danger zone. Meaning concert noise levels can potential cause temporary or permanent hearing loss without some form of ear protection.

Running Power Tools

There’s nothing better than using your hands to create or repair, and the warm weather opens the door to home improvement enthusiasts, and to those who just love the act of creation. However, many power tools and shops have an average sound intensity of 100 dB, which is well into the danger zone.

Cruising

We know that there is nothing better than cruising on your motorcycle or in your convertible. The feeling of the wind running through your hair can be quite invigorating, but it comes at a price. Without the extra sound-dampening ‘protection’ you become more exposed to dangerous noise levels. The noise from the road and other vehicles can easily get up to 100 dB, which can damage your hearing.

Sporting Events

You may not think about it, but noise levels at a sporting event can reach dangerous levels. Many overlook or don’t realize this because they are so into the game. This level of excitement and enthusiasm makes for some loud noise, as a sporting event can reach noise levels of 115 dB or more.

Luckily, there are preventative measures you can take to protect your sensitive ears. Noise canceling headphones can be a good option or a pair of earmuffs or earplugs. There are also musician earplugs available that preserves the original sound, yet reduces listening fatigue.

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