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5 Major Hazards for Ear Health

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The ears are a very important body part and they are crucial for your ability to hear. Being able to hear properly is very important for many things in life. This is why it is a very good idea to protect your ears from damage.

Unfortunately, there are a number of things that can have a negative impact on your ear health. If too many of these things occur to you, then you can suffer hearing loss. Here are some of the top five hazards to ear health. You should protect against these things to maintain optimum hearing levels and ear health.

1. Gunfire

Gunfire can be extremely loud. This is especially true if you are using high-powered rifles or if you are around a lot of gunfire, such as in war. Soldiers who fight in wars are especially vulnerable to hearing loss or hearing issues caused by exposure to gunfire.

2. Explosives

Explosives such as dynamite, or charges used to level buildings or other structures can also be extremely loud. If you work in demolition, then you should be very careful to cover your ears properly and put enough distance between yourself and the explosions when they are occurring.

3. Music

A loud rock concert can reach 120 decibels. Noises above 85 decibels can be harmful. So, consistent exposures to rock concerts or other loud music can be a serious threat to your ear health. If you are a musician or are someone who frequently attends concerts, then you should strongly consider wearing earplugs when you are exposed to loud music.

4. Lawnmowers

While lawnmowers may not be as loud as rock concerts on average, they too can be louder than 85 decibels. Also, people frequently use lawn mowers. This means over time, lawnmower use without protective earplugs or earmuffs can be hazardous for ear health.

5. Other loud machinery

People who work at manufacturing plants or other industrial places that involve a lot of machinery use can be exposed to loud noises frequently. If the noises are loud enough and frequent enough, then this can be a serious threat to ear health. Earplugs should be worn in these settings.

If your work environment or hobbies put you at risk for hearing loss, schedule an appointment with a hearing care specialist in your area to discuss what ear protection options are available to you. Ear protection is crucial to not only preventing damage to your hearing, but to ensuring you don’t lose any more of this important ability.


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