Summer Concert Healthy Hearing Tips

In addition to warmer weather, music concerts are some of the fun outdoor activities that make people look forward to summer. However, these enjoyable musical extravaganzas are not harmless. Their noise levels can range from 110 decibels (dB) to 140 dB which is way above the 85 dB cutoff level that experts agree damages hair cells in the ear and can lead to permanent deafness.

Use Ear Plugs

To prevent summer concert hearing damage one of the first things you can do is buy foam ear plugs and wear them during the concert. These disposable ear protection devices are relatively inexpensive and they can be purchased from drug stores without a prescription. The fact that they can reduce noise levels by 15 to 30 dB makes them very wise investments.

Choose Your Seats Wisely

Another summer concert healthy hearing tip is to choose seats that are not close to the speaker since they have the highest noise levels. If you cannot choose where to sit or stand, position your body so that you are at an angle from the speakers and not directly in front of them. If you cannot see where the speakers are placed, move to another part of the venue if you have to shout to speak to the person next to you because that suggests the sound is too loud and it is damaging your ears.

Take Breaks

A third thing you can do to protect your ears during summer concerts is to take 10 minute breaks in the concessions area or restrooms between performances. These breaks will give your ears time to recover from the loud noises bombarding them.

Leave If Needed

A fourth summer concert healthy hearing tip is to leave the concert immediately if you develop ringing or pain in your ears.

Written by: Marian Kim, FizzNiche Staff Writer

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National Safety Month – Stay Safe In and Out of the Water

Depositphotos_26968077_xsJune is National Safety Month and since the kids are heading into summer vacation we want to provide you with some summer swim safety tips we found on This website is a great resource for families. It provides information and tips for keeping you and your family safe. Here are some valuable tips below:

For Children and Parents

  • Always watch your child while he or she is bathing, swimming or around water
  • Gather everything needed (towel, bath toys, sunscreen) before the child enters the water; if you must leave the area, take the child with you
  • Empty all buckets, bathtubs and kiddie pools of water immediately after use and store them upside down and out of your child’s reach
  • Do not allow your child to play or swim in canals or streams
  • Install a 5-foot-tall fence with self-closing gate latches around your pool or hot tub
  • Consider installing door alarms to alert adults when a child has unexpectedly opened a door leading to a pool or hot tub
  • Keep a phone and life preserver near the pool or hot tub in case of emergency
  • Use snug-fitting life jackets instead of floaties, but remember that a child can still drown with a life jacket on if not carefully watched
  • Become certified in First Aid and CPR
  • Find age-appropriate swim lessons for your child, but keep in mind that lessons do not make your child “drown-proof”

For Adults

  • Always swim with a buddy
  • Never swim if you have been drinking alcohol or have taken certain medications
  • Learn how to swim; find swimming lessons at the local YMCA or park district
  • When boating, wear a life jacket
  • Learn First Aid and CPR
  • Swim in designated areas with lifeguards

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June is National Fireworks Safety Month

noise-induced-hearing-lossFirework season is right around the corner, so from June 1st – July 4th we will provide you with firework safety tips to help keep your family safe. Here are some Firework safety tips from Wishing you and your family a fun and safe summer filled with lots of memories.


Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

  • The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
  • If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area.

Be Extra Careful With Sparklers

  • Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.

Closely Supervise Children Around Fireworks at all Times

  • Take necessary precautions
  • Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances.

Be Prepared for an Accident or Injury

  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
  • If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.

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How To Sidestep the Symptoms of Summertime Dangers

dog sunbathing on a deck chairThe summer season is synonymous with so many sweet memories, but if you don’t enjoy it with caution, those memories could end up being bittersweet. When the sweltering summer temperatures are in full force, your family’s health and safety are at full risk because of the high temperatures and the sun’s harmful UV rays.

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