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What Hobbies Require Ear Protection?

Carpenter with Earmuffs

You may not realize that some of your favorite hobbies could actually be negatively impacting your hearing. There are a number of ways that you can damage your hearing without even knowing about it. If your hobby includes any loud noises at all, you should be thinking about investing in some ear protection. You are going to want to protect your hearing for as long as you can, so here are some of the hobbies that might require ear protection.

Concert-goers

There’s nothing like that feeling you get when you go to see one of your favorite bands or artists play live. When you are booking your tickets for this concert, you are probably not thinking that you are going to need ear protection, but you will. You will be especially at risk if you are going to these concerts frequently.

The first thing you can do is try some earplugs. The music will carry through them, so you aren’t going to miss anything but you greatly decrease the risk of damaging your hearing. You can sing with your friends and not feel like you are missing out on any of the experience. If you frequently attend concerts and are unsure of what kind of ear protection you are going to need, you should go to an audiologist and they will be able to help you find the right product for your specific needs.

Yardwork

You may not think that gardening is going to be something that requires ear protection. But you may have noticed that a lot of the equipment that gardeners use is very loud. Sometimes they may even be louder than the power tools that other professions may use. There are lawnmowers, trimmers and other equipment that can get so loud they can reach damaging levels. When performing yardwork, make sure to invest in noise-canceling headphones or custom-fit earplugs to protect your hearing.

Carpentry

This is an obvious one. There are a lot of loud tools going on nearly all the time as cutting is a large part of this hobby. If you have taken up carpentry, you should make sure that you have the appropriate ear protection. Do not underestimate how dangerous these loud sounds can be to your hearing. If you don’t take the right precautions to protect your hearing, you may end up damaging it or even losing it all together. You want to protect your hearing from long-term damage as well as short term and making sure that you have the right protection for your ears is the only way to do this.


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