With summer in full swing, many people across the country are enjoying the warmer weather. Summer conjures up images of long sunny evenings, splashing around at the beach and music festivals. It can however, be one of the noisiest seasons and many summertime activities can pose a threat to your hearing health. Here at Hidden Hearing we’ve put together some top hearing health tips to protect your ears during the sunny season:
Weed out bad habits in the garden
Gardening is a big activity at this time of year and power tools are one of the most prevalent devices. They’re also hazardous to hearing health. Lawn mowers have a sound of above 90 decibels whereas a power saw can produce a sound exceeding 110 decibels. Whatever power tools you are using be sure to wear proper ear protection when using them.
Summer music festivals and concert tours swing into action as the weather heats up. That means sweet sounds but also stress of the ears. Take precautions before you head to the venue. These include carrying earplugs and noise-dampening headphones, as well as avoiding standing next to the loud speakers at the side of the stage.
The plane truth
Up to one in three airline passengers suffers throbbing pain in the middle ear, a dullness of hearing, or a feeling of ‘fullness’ in the ear canal on takeoff or landing. Most ear pain when flying results from changes in cabin pressure. For a comfortable trip suck on a sweet, yawn to keep your Eustachian tube open, stay hydrated and avoid falling asleep.
Don’t let swimmer’s ear dampen your summer fun
Swimmer’s ear is a common but painful summertime ailment. Before taking the plunge remember these simple steps: wear a swimming hat to cover your ears and make sure ear canals are clear of water after swimming, bathing and showering by drying your ears with a towel or tilting your head to each side to allow water to escape.
Be proactive about hearing health
Avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or www.hiddenhearing.ie