Sound Waves and Summer Fun - Protecting Your Hearing During Watersports and Outdoor Adventures

Sound Waves and Summer Fun – Protecting Your Hearing During Watersports and Outdoor Adventures

Dr. Marina E. Kade Hearing Health

Dr. Marina E. Kade

There’s a good chance you’ve landed here because you’ve noticed a few changes in your hearing. Maybe you’re finding it a bit harder to catch every word in a conversation, or perhaps you’ve started turning up the volume a little bit more than usual on your favorite tunes. It’s more common than you might think, and it’s something we, as your trusted hearing professionals, know a thing or two about.

Here’s the thing – enjoying the great outdoors or partaking in watersports is a thrill, but did you know that these adventures can impact your hearing health? Shocking, right? That’s why we’re here to guide you on how to protect your hearing while still having the best summer fun.

The Unseen Risk: How Outdoor Activities Can Impact Your Hearing

When you’re out on the water, whether that’s surfing, jet skiing, or simply splashing about, the roar of the waves, the hum of the boat engine, and the overall noise can have an effect on your ears. It’s not just water-based activities, either. From the rustling leaves during a peaceful hike to the raucous cheers at a sports game, the world is a noisy place.

Now, don’t get us wrong. We aren’t suggesting you abandon your passion for adventure and the great outdoors. Far from it. Our mission is to make sure you can continue to experience all the beautiful sounds nature has to offer.

Noise Levels: What’s Too Loud?

A common question we get is, “What’s considered too loud?” Good question. Long-term exposure to any noise at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. To put that into perspective, the sound of a jet ski runs at around 85-102 decibels. But don’t worry, we’ve got some tips and tricks to keep your ears safe.

Your Adventure Kit: Protecting Your Ears

Ear protection is a game-changer, my friends. One of the best ways to guard your ears is by using earplugs designed for water and noise protection. They’re small, easy to use, and they can drastically reduce noise levels.

And remember, part of protecting your hearing is giving your ears a rest. Try to schedule quiet times during your day, especially after exposure to loud noises.

Hearing Aids: Your Ultimate Sidekick

Here’s something we’ve learned from years of experience in hearing care – hearing aids aren’t just for treating hearing loss; they’re also a fantastic tool for prevention. Modern hearing aids are designed to reduce background noise, enhance speech, and can be adjusted to different environments. Not to mention, they’re more discreet and more technologically advanced than ever before.

Listen Up: Monitoring Changes in Your Hearing

Keep an ear out (pun intended!) for changes in your hearing. If you notice anything different, like having to ask people to repeat themselves or straining to hear in noisy environments, it may be time for a checkup. And remember, you’re not alone in this. We’re here to help.

We’re Here For You: Your Hearing Professionals

We’re here to guide you through your hearing health journey, every step of the way. We’re not just experts; we’re also a shoulder to lean on when you need it. We believe in a world where everyone can enjoy the sounds of life, and with the right support and treatment, we can help make that happen.