The fall brings many things with it. Back to school, Halloween, and preparations for the winter to come.
One additional thing to keep in mind is there are some activities and facts of life that could negatively impact your hearing.
Football is part of the traditional American autumn. And going to games is a big part of that. But it isn’t an exaggeration to say that going to a big game, whether it be an NFL or Division I NCAA game, can be a risk to your hearing health. Some packed stadiums can get as loud as 130 decibels. That’s almost double the 70 decibels that can cause the kind of ear damage that leads to hearing loss. Earplugs are a cheap precautionary purchase.
Likewise, traditional fall activities like hunting demand that care is taken. Guns also produce sound at 130 decibels — and at very close range to the ear. Hearing loss amongst hunters and other gun enthusiasts is not at all uncommon. Quality ear protection should be a part of every hunter’s basic kit.
And if you’re planning on blowing those leaves away with a leaf blower, remember they can produce noise at over 100 decibels. Chainsaws at 110 decibels. If you’re going to use anything other than old-fashioned elbow grease when cleaning the yard, don’t forget the ear protection.
Finally, in much of the country, the change in season means lower temperatures and — for some folks — allergies. Ears aren’t so great at staying warm and ear infections aren’t any fun, so remember it’s hat season too. Pollen counts rise in the fall and allergies affecting hearing are not uncommon. You might want to stock up on antihistamines and decongestants.