SOURCE: Westone Laboratories, Inc.

Westone Laboratories, Inc.

June 18, 2013 05:00 ET

Summer Sounds and Activities Can Cause Hearing Loss

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwired - Jun 18, 2013) - DefendEar by Westone teamed up with Vertx and Never Summer Industries to raise awareness of summer activities that can damage your ears. In the Sounds of Summer Facebook Photo Contest, running from June 15 through September 15, fans enter to win 1 of 3 prize packs, which each include DefendEar Custom-Fit Hearing Protection, and other prizes from Vertx, Ticketmaster, and Never Summer Industries.

Loud noises start to reach potentially harmful levels at around 85 decibels (dB). Sounds heard during summer activities like gunshots, live music, racecars, and lawn mowers can climb above this decibel level and damage hearing. In addition, swimming, surfing, kayaking, and other water sports can also cause infections known as surfer's ear and swimmer's ear. The purpose of the photo contest is to celebrate those who live loudly by providing the products and knowledge they need to protect against these unfamiliar hazards.

1 in 5 Americans have some degree of hearing loss in at least one ear*, and they may not know it. We protect our skin with sunscreen, our heads with helmets, and our eyes with sunglasses, so why do we not protect our ears with hearing protection? Hearing naturally diminishes with age. Using Hearing protection prevents that process from being accelerated. The DefendEar Recreational line contains earpieces designed for specific activities, so that the protection, style, and fit can be customized for the situation.

"What people do not realize is that everyday activities can be harmful to their hearing. Concerts, fireworks, and water sports are just a few summer activities that can cause infections and noise-induced hearing loss. In order to protect your ears from permanent damage, it is important to be aware of the dangers around you and wear the appropriate hearing protection. By taking these precautions, you can preserve your hearing and enjoy your favorite sounds for years to come." - Damon Boyce, AuD

The Sounds of Summer Facebook Photo Contest will focus on three major categories where hearing protection is needed. Each month of the contest will focus on one of these areas. June - July is focused around water sports and DefendEar is giving away a DefendEar Surfer with a Never Summer Heist Longboard. July - August is focused around music and concerts and DefendEar is giving away a DefendEar Concert with a $100 Ticketmaster Gift Card. Lastly, August - September is focused on shooting sports as major hunting seasons begin and DefendEar is giving away a DefendEar Max with a hat and knife from Vertx.

To enter the Sounds of Summer Photo Contest, visit DefendEar's Facebook Contest Page ( to submit a photo of a summer activity or vote for the best photo. Photos may also be entered from Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #DefendEarSummer. Winners are announced on the 16th of each month. For more information about DefendEar products visit

Founded in 1959, Westone is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of custom in-ear communication and hearing protection products. The Company is a major supplier of custom earpieces for hearing aids, custom hearing protection products, in-ear musicians' monitors, premium earphones for personal listening, and specialty communication products for military and law enforcement agencies. For more information or press review units, contact Emily Scott, Online Media and Marketing Coordinator, Westone Laboratories, Inc., 2235 Executive Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. Call toll-free 1-800-525-5071, email, or visit


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