Listening to music with the windows down and the music blaring just feels like summer. Attending concerts, watching fireworks, or going to an outdoor sporting event are favorite pastimes that you probably have on your summer agenda. But no matter what your age, protecting your hearing during summer activities is essential.
You may associate hearing loss with old age, and you’d probably be right—until now. About 1 in 20 adolescents in the US have hearing loss. But young people simply don’t consider that it could happen to them.
Hearing loss is caused by being around high volume noise over extended periods. It’s described like waves of noise hitting a shore, beating over time, crushing the hair fibers inside the ear. The larger issue is that when noise-induced hearing loss occurs, it is often too late, irreversible and, if a significant loss, can be life-altering.
Hearing loss isn’t just limited to loud music in headphones, as most people think. Often times, young people have no idea the damage they’re doing by listening to TVs, attending concerts, or playing music for extended amounts of time.
For those listening to headphones, the radio, or the TV, keeping the volume at or near 50 percent is the best way to listen. Musicians and concert goers should use ear protection. A lot of listeners forgo ear protection under the belief that earplugs distort sound.
While such distortion can occur from standard foam or wax earplugs, a range of specialist attenuated earplugs and earmolds are available. At Manatee Ear Center we offer a complete line of custom-fit hearing protection products:
- Custom earbuds for music players
- Musician’s earplugs
- Swimmers plugs
- Noise protection
- Industrial earplugs
Education is the most powerful tool, which is why Manatee Ear Center will continue to strive to improve awareness about sound levels and hearing protection. If you are experiencing hearing problems and would like to have your hearing checked, contact Manatee Ear at 941-745-1518 to schedule your appointment today.