Special Care Tips: Protecting Hearing in the Summer

July 27, 2015

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Ah, summer! People of all ages enjoy those lazy, hazy days when they’re able to spend time enjoying the great outdoors – with special care, of course. Everyone knows about taking precautions to avoid common summer problems like too much sun, but most people don’t think about how summer can have an effect on thier hearing. For those who wish to help protect their hearing while still enjoying time at the beach, in the park, or just walking around the neighborhood, the following tips may help.

Watch the headphone levels. Portable music systems are no longer just the province of the young. More and more seniors are catching up on their favorite tunes while out for a spin around the block. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it’s important to keep the volume on those headphones or earbuds at an appropriate level. Listening at too loud a level can not only cause hearing problems, it can also prevent a pedestrian from hearing noises (such as a car horn or a bicyclist’s “Coming through!”), resulting in injury.

Be prepared for fireworks. Firecrackers, whizzers, Roman candles, and so many other celebratory fireworks make the Fourth of July a great celebration. Do take special care if viewing these glorious sights up close, as the sound of a big fireworks display can be deafening. Bring along (and use) earplugs or other sound muffling devices to stay safe.

Flying high. Many seniors take to the sky as part of their summer vacation plans. For many, this otherwise pleasant means of travel can be marred by the experience of ears “popping” during take-off or landing. Some simple steps, such as yawning or chewing gum, can help to relieve the change in pressure and “pop” the ears back to normal.

Outdoor music. Whether at the local park or in a gigantic outdoor stadium, music concerts are a staple of the summer months. Depending on where one is seated, they can also be a bit on the loud side. Save those earplugs from the fireworks show, and make use of them as needed to enjoy the music at a more appropriate volume.

A little special care can help a senior enjoy summer activities without causing or exacerbating hearing issues. And that just makes the summer that much more fun.

Writer, Craig Butler

Craig Butler has been writing on a wide range of topics for more than fifteen years. As the National Communications Director for the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, Craig regularly writes on a range of health and medical topics. Among the many projects he has written for the Foundation is the Cooley's Anemia Storybook, a collection of original short stories for children with the blood disorder Cooley's Anemia. His freelance work has ranged from reviewing moves and CDs to creating entertainment-related stories about baldness, to creating text for comic strips. Craig looks forward to having a dialogue with you about senior care and issues of concern.

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