Patient Factsheet: Keeping Your Hearing Intact This Summer

Summer is a time of relaxation and repose as warmer weather, vacations, and activities beckon many out-of-doors. Unfortunately, as many hearing care practitioners are all too aware of, the arrival of summer also means that the noise level gets turned up a notch. Activities such as fireworks, loud concerts/music festivals, and motorized sports are fun. However, overdoing it causes “temporary” hearing loss and ringing of the ears, which can eventually lead to permanent hearing loss. Sounds at or exceeding 85 dBA are harmful over a prolonged period of time. Despite the tendency to relax your vigilance during the laid-back...

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