Ahhh, spring! As power tools whir, family gatherings bloom, and golf outings sprout, are your ears protected from the louder sounds of the season?
Some noises pack a bigger punch than your ears should take, so for Better Speech & Hearing Month this May, we’re sharing three quick tips to keep harmful volumes at bay.
TURN DOWN THE SOUND
Planning a hearty run in the fresh air with favorite tunes in your ears? It’s tempting to crank up the beats, but MP3 players can reach an ear-splitting 105 decibels. Better bet: Enjoy the sounds but turn them down to 50 percent maximum volume or lower.
GUARD YOUR EARS
Cutting that spring grass can feel so satisfying, but the noise of a gas mower can blow past the danger threshold of 85 decibels. Hearing protection such as earplugs or earmuffs help soften loud sounds and can be customized to your ears, so keep them on hand when using power equipment.
Permanent hearing loss can result even from a single exposure to loud noise, making it important to give your ears a helpful rest from excess volumes.
Did you know?
- An estimated one-third of hearing loss among children and adults worldwide is connected to noise exposure.
- Excess noise can destroy the inner ear’s tiny, irreplaceable hair cells, which are crucial to healthy hearing.
- Loud sounds can lead to tinnitus, a common and potentially debilitating problem of buzzing, humming, or ringing in the ears.
- Quality hearing protection can curb noise intensity while letting music and other audio sound just as good.
As the season showers you with sound, make this the month to start protecting your hearing. Contact our caring team today to learn more about custom hearing protection for the whole family.