Protect your hearing this fall
With Halloween in the rearview mirror, you are now able to focus on other parts of fall – namely football and leaf raking. Just be careful; some of these fall activates can put your hearing health in danger. Below are some tips to keep you safe.
Avoid the Leaf Blower
Depending on whom you ask, leaf blowers are either enemy number one or your best friend during fall. But maybe if you know how dangerous they are, you will consider using a good old fashioned rake.
Leaf blowers can produce sounds exceeding 112 decibels, a level of noise that can cause permanent hearing loss in as little as 15 minutes. If the idea of hand raking your yard is too much, consider hiring a professional. They take safety seriously and will arrive with their hearing protection.
Understand the Risks of Football Season
Yay football season! While cheering your home team on in the stands can be exhilarating, you should keep in mind the dangers of noise-induced hearing loss., which can be caused by any sound over 85 dB. A new record was set by the Kansa City Chiefs when their fans’ cheers measured a whopping 142.2 dB. That is louder than a gunshot, fireworks or a jet engine. So next time you are at a football game, don’t forget your earplugs.
Use Earplugs to Prevent Hearing Loss
Speaking of earplugs, every time you are exposed to loud sounds you should be wearing hearing protection to prevent noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. Disposable earplugs can be purchased at your local Santa Monica pharmacy. If you frequently find yourself in loud situations, consider visiting the House Ear Clinic in Santa Monica for a custom pair. These earplugs will perfectly fit the contours of your ears, ensuring you get a proper fit with superior protection.
Get Advice from an Audiologist
We left the simplest step for last. Schedule an appointment with House Ear Clinic in Santa Monica. If you usually spend the fall season participating in loud hobbies, using proper hearing protection can help ensure your ears are around to hear the wonders that winter has to offer.