You likely know to protect your ears when you're at a rock concert on monster truck rally, but you might make the easy mistake of overlooking the need for hearing protection during a variety of noisy jobs around the house or weekend hobbies The reality is that when your ears are exposed to high volumes, especially for prolonged periods and on a consistent basis, you'll more apt to suffer from some degree of hearing loss. While an appointment with your local hearing specialist can help evaluate and discuss the appropriate ways to improve your hearing, it's always worthwhile to take steps to avoid unnecessary exposure to sound. Here are some times when you should wear hearing protection.
Mowing The Lawn
You might take time to put on steel-toed boots when you're mowing the lawn, but you may not be fully protecting the health of your ears. A powerized lawnmower can have a decibel output that is only slightly quieter than a rock concert -- over the course of a long mowing session, you can definitely put your ears at risk of damage. Always make sure to opt for in- or over-ear hearing protection before you begin this job.
Using The Blender
While it might seem like overkill to don a pair of ear protectors while you're using the kitchen blender, consider just how loud this device is. It's loud enough that you can't talk while it's operating and that you're likely relieved when the blending job is done. These issues can indicate that you're putting your ears through an unnecessary strain. Although you might not wish to bother with hearing protection for quick blending jobs, consider keeping a pair of earplugs in the kitchen for when you'll be using the blender for longer periods of time -- for example, if you're making a big batch of food to provide meals or snacks for several days throughout the week.
Riding A Snowmobile
When winter arrives, many people are eager to hit the trails on their snowmobiles. These machines can produce ear-paining volume and given that you might be riding for a period of several hours, you're at a real risk of causing damage to your hearing. Keep a pair of earplugs in your snowmobile gear and slip them into place before you put on your helmet. The tight fit of the helmet will block some of the noise, but using the earplugs will provide further protection.
For more information on hearing loss, talk to a professional.