Summer is in full swing. July 4th is almost upon us, and you know what that means: fireworks. Every year, people celebrate in backyards and stadiums, party boats and beaches. In addition, we may visit with family, go out with friends, take vacations, and participate in games & festivals. However you choose to enjoy the warmer months, don’t forget to protect your ears.

Of course, you want to take care of your hearing. The question is: How?

We’ve got you covered. We have plenty of suggestions to keep those ears happy and healthy this summer (and all year round).

Earplugs, Earplugs, Earplugs

That’s right. One of your best friends this summer is a set (or two) of high-fidelity earplugs. Those fireworks pack quite a punch, but you can still enjoy the show while taking the edge off the volume. Furthermore, music and artist festivals can have DJs and live bands that perform for more than 10 hours a day for multiple days (some run 24/7!). It’s worth investing in a good pair to keep the noise levels filtered and safe. For under $30 a pair, why not?

Noise-Canceling Headphones

Travel is one of the best parts of summer. Whether you’re jumping in the car for a road trip with family or friends, or jetting off to some exotic location, summer is a great time to take a vacation. Consider bringing some noise-canceling headphones with you. Even if the occasional screaming baby on the plane doesn’t bother you, you’d be surprised what other noises are doing a number on your hearing. Noise-cancelers not only reduce airplane engine noise, they are also perfect for that part of the road trip where you need to sleep while your friend is playing AC/DC at full blast to stay awake driving at 1 am – and, really, who can blame them?


This is one of the easiest and most cost-efficient options for protecting your hearing this summer. Take a break. Whether you’ve been working with heavy machinery, partying to the latest jams, or trekking all over in planes, trains, and other vehicles, give your ears some much needed downtime. Take a moment, an hour, or a day away from the noise. Not only will your ears thank you, so will the rest of your body, mind, and spirit.

Hearing in Noise Options

In a previous post, we discussed how hearing in noise options can help you enjoy all your favorite things in a way that’s safer and healthier for your ears. Did you know that there are noise-canceling options in some types of headphones which can turn that plane ride into a more pleasurable experience all around? How about translation devices for when you travel abroad? There are so many options among the varieties of hearables, PSAPs, and hearing instruments, you’ll never look at vacation time the same way again.

At RK Audiology, we believe in helping you protect your ears and live life well. We keep universal earplugs in stock for all ages, as well as headphones for infants and young children who are attending music/recreational venues with their parents. We have something for everyone. So, as you prepare for the next road trip or event, ask yourself if you’ve got that one all-important item: your hearing protection. Then get ready to play!