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Summer Recreation Yields High Risk for Ear Damage among Both Children and Adults
Date:6/20/2013

Centennial, Colo. (PRWEB) June 20, 2013

Dr. Julie Prutsman of Sound Relief Hearing Center, Colorado’s premier provider of hearing and tinnitus services, has released five tips for children and adults to protect their ears and hearing during summer recreation. Summer is the loudest season and typical activities such as swimming, watching fireworks, landscaping, attending a rock concert or motorcycling can be potentially damaging to the ears. Increased awareness of noise exposure and the use of hearing protection can prevent permanent damage from the loud sounds of summer.

The greatest risk for permanent hearing damage comes from exposure to high sound levels. Concerts, fireworks, and motorcycles all produce extremely high sound levels. Fireworks can produce sound levels of 150 decibels, comparable to the level of sound produced by a jet engine. Loud rock concerts have been measured to produce up to 115 decibels of sound, according to Environmental Health and Safety Today magazine.

“Prolonged exposure to sounds over 85 decibels can greatly impact your hearing,” stated Dr. Julie. “Hearing damage may affect your ability to hear high pitches, understand normal conversation and can sometimes lead to tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.”

In general, exposure to loud sounds should be limited and only sustained for very short periods of time when possible. For individuals participating in summer recreational activities, Dr. Julie recommends adhering to the following steps to prevent ear damage this summer:

1. Water Sports - For both adults and children who spend long periods of
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