Check Your Health: Protect your hearing this summer

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Protect your hearing this summer (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Summer means fun outdoor activities such as parades, fireworks, concerts, and sports. No matter the way you choose to experience your summer, protecting your hearing needs to be a priority.

“There are a lot of summertime activities that can bring some damaging effects from noise. Some of the things we don’t think are as noisy as they are and they really can be damaging to our hearing,” said Dr. Stephen Jones, an audiologist at Intermountain Medical Center.

Unfortunately, if you suffer noise-induced hearing loss, it’s permanent. This it’s recommended to wear some type of protection for noises louder than 85 decibels. For reference, lawn mowers and blenders are around 90 decibels, music on your phone can break 100, and noises like fireworks and guns are even louder.

“Some of those sounds get well above the 100 DB mark,” Jones said.

For Shaun Ogaard, duck hunting led to hearing loss and constant ringing in his left ear.

“Had it all day and night time. Sometimes it was hard to even sleep,” Ogaard said.

After a bit of convincing, he got a hearing aid and says it’s been life changing.

“I was one of those that said, “Man only old people get hearing aids.” They’re nothing!” Ogaard said.

Realizing the value of his hearing, Shaun now uses custom ear protection that’s made specifically for hunting. With personalized ear plugs, he’s able to still enjoy hunting while also protecting his ears.

So the next time you’re in a noisy environment and aren’t able to turn down the volume, try distancing yourself from the noise. If you don’t have that option, then your best bet is to wear some kind of protection such as foam inserts or custom earplugs.

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