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3 Things You Should Do to Protect Your Ears While on Vacation
It’s critical to safeguard your hearing against loud noises. That includes more than just construction, concerts and noisy sporting events. It also refers to your upcoming flight.
Inside a normal airliner, sound levels can soon exceed the maximum noise level that your ears can tolerate before it begins to impair your hearing. The decibel level is 85. The noise level inside a plane cabin can exceed 105 decibels during take-off and landing. The noise level reduces to roughly 85 decibels when the plane is cruising at altitude. If you’re going to be on the road for a long time, it’s a good idea to protect your ears.
Because they are furthest from the engines, the popular front rows are the quietest on the plane. However, you should be aware that the front galley is also where the staff prepares for meal service and converses during the journey’s calmer periods. So, there may still be some noise, but it will be of a different kind.
Aisle seats are also many decibels quieter than window seats, so if you’re not interested in a view in the first place, the aisle is the way to go. However, we can’t guarantee that your fellow passengers will be quiet.
Wear Hearing Protection
We’ve all had that annoying popping sensation that comes with flying anywhere. It’s commonly referred to as airplane ear, and it’s usually just an irritation, a time of moderate to severe discomfort that may be accompanied by transient hearing loss and tinnitus. However, it can occasionally result in something more serious, such as a burst eardrum, which can lead to an ear infection.
Aside from keeping some gum in your pocket, noise-cancelling headphones or custom earplugs are the best way to avoid this. Additionally, this will assist you in drowning out potentially dangerous background noise from the aircraft, such as screaming children. Aside from that, remember to remain hydrated.
Swimming Should Be Done with Caution
We will, however, issue a word of warning. Stop and take stock of your surroundings before leaping into the nearest body of water, whether you’re out with pals or halfway around the world. Swimming in dirty water can cause swimmer’s ear, which is a common ailment.
After Swimming, Gently Dry Your Ears with a Hair Dryer
Is there a hand dryer in the locker room at your pool? Turn it on and place your ear approximately a foot away from the dryer to hear it. Set the heat to a low setting if possible and remain a safe distance when doing so.
Avoid Going to Any Concerts, Events or Festivals If You Don’t Have Hearing Protection
We’ve already discussed how much noise there is in today’s environment and how important it is to protect oneself. This isn’t just true when riding the train or working near noisy machines. If you’re not careful, summer events like festivals and concerts can cause just as much damage.
Standard earplugs block as much noise as possible to help you sleep while camping, and high fidelity earplugs protect your ears while listening to loud music – these only block certain frequencies, allowing you to hear crisp, clear sound without risking hearing damage. Some people can sleep for hours in the most raucous of campgrounds without using earplugs, while others feel them necessary only to get through some distant snoring.
If you’re a heavy sleeper heading to your first event, don’t worry if you don’t have any. You’ll most likely be exhausted enough to fall asleep immediately after your head hits the pillow. If you absolutely must attend an event, you may choose to invest in the same type of specialized earplugs that some artists use. They’re made to filter out noise above a certain decibel level while still allowing you to hear the entire soundscape of a performance.
Going on holiday is a lot of fun and you want to enjoy yourself as much as possible but it is also important to be cautious with different situations and look after yourself and your health and wellbeing. Things like ear protection can be something some people forget about and gloss over but it is still important.
If you want to learn more about how you can protect your ears while on vacation contact a hearing health professional today. To learn more get in touch with Park Place Hearing Center, we will help you protect your ears! Call us today at (707) 283-7853.