This is a great question to consider as summer begins and we are spending more time enjoying the great outdoors. Recreational activities such as video arcades, fireworks, discos, music concerts, shooting guns, sporting events, motorcycles and even movie theaters, can be excessively loud. Actually, even using appliances around your home (vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, dish washer, leaf blowers, lawn mowers and power equipment), particularly if they are running at the same time, can be dangerous to your hearing.
It is important to wear hearing protection when participating in these recreational or occupational activities. If you work in an at-risk occupation, check with your employer to make sure your hearing is protected in accordance with OSHA regulations. Limit the amount of time you are exposed to loud noise.