An area audiologist recommends hearing protection when using power tools for yard work, power boating on Lake Michigan, or attending summer concerts outdoors. Studies show that sounds registering over 80 decibels can put people at risk of hearing loss. Noise from landscaping equipment, fireworks and concerts can reach levels ranging from 90 to 140 decibels. Dr. Cassandra Bedore, an audiologist with Prevea Health, says effective hearing protection can be simple and inexpensive. She also recommends getting tested if you notice you have trouble understanding people nearby or you have pain in your ears.
Dr. Bedore says other ways to reduce risks of hearing loss include stepping away from loud locations after 15-minutes or so just to give your ears a break.