Healthy Hearing recently posted an article about summer hearing health for kids, an important topic that every parent needs to be aware of. Check out this list to learn how your family can have fun the healthy way during all your favorite summer activities!
Fireworks are a necessity on July 4th, but boy, are they loud. Noises above 85 decibels (dB) are considered unsafe, and that includes exploding fireworks (130 dB).
What you can do: Put a lot of distance between you and the place where the fireworks are being launched. By sitting farther away, you will be able to “ooo and ahh” as much as you want, without putting your hearing at risk.
Summer is a prime time for outdoor concerts, but they can be about 100 dB, and therefore potentially harmful.
What you can do: Distance yourself from the loud speakers. You don’t have to be on the front row to enjoy a concert. You DO need to be away from dangerously loud speakers to ensure your hearing is protected.
Swimming is one of the best ways to cool off in the summer, but it could cause swimmer’s ear and other ear infections.
What you can do:
- Always dry your ears and remove excess water after swimming and bathing
- Wear custom fit swimmer’s ear plugs
- Naturally release trapped water by pulling down on your earlobe while tilting your ear towards the ground. Chewing gum and yawning also help.
Using Electronic Devices
Since they aren’t in school, kids may spend more time watching TV, listening to music, and using other electronic devices, which can be damaging if the volume is too high.
What you can do: Implement the 60-60 rule that Healthy Hearing suggests: no more than 60 minutes a day, at no more than 60% of the volume. You can also use parental restrictions on your child’s phone and other devices to limit volume.
Finally, take advantage of the influence you have on your child as a parent. Summer is the perfect opportunity to practice healthy hearing habits, and encourage your child to do as you do.