Ah, the sounds of summer! For some, the waves crashing on the shore is the best memory, while for others it is outdoor concerts or the county fair. Did you know that concerts, amusement rides, livestock exhibits, and arcade games can be louder than 85 A-weighted decibels (dBA)? Being exposed to any noise at 85 dBA or above can cause gradual hearing loss.
Bring earplugs with you to concerts and the fair to limit your family’s exposure to potentially ear-damaging sounds. For example, your children can wear high-fidelity earplugs at summer music concerts to reduce the volume, while still enjoying the music. Walking away from loud sounds can also make a difference in protecting your family’s hearing. Sitting farther away from speakers can lessen the impact of sounds on your ears.
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