Summer is officially here which means warmer weather, more events, bigger crowds, more fun, and unfortunately, more threats to your hearing and hearing assistive devices. While you take time from work or school, keep in mind that taking time from your hearing health can be detrimental. Damage to your hearing is irreversible and damage to your hearing aids can be costly. We’ve compiled a few simple pointers to help you protect your ears while having a fun-filled summer.
Who doesn’t love taking a dip in the pool or a trip to the local beach or waterpark on hot summer days? If you frequently participate in water-related activities, swimmer’s ear is probably no stranger to you. Swimmer’s ear is an infection caused by moisture and water being trapped in the ear, leading to bacteria and/or fungi growth. Like other ear infections, it can be uncomfortable and even painful, and attribute to temporary hearing loss. To protect against swimmer’s ear and similar infections, wear a swim cap, ear plugs, and be sure to dry your ears completely after being in the water.
Summer is also filled with concerts, festivals, firework displays and other exciting (and noisy) events. You don’t have to skip out on seeing your favorite artists perform or showing your patriotism at the 4th of July celebration, but you should be mindful of your ears and the damage that extended exposure to loud noises can bring to them. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), unlike other types of hearing loss, can easily be prevented. When attending events where you will be exposed to loud noises wearing ear plugs can reduce decibel levels, making the noise easier on your ears. You should also consider your seat choice. It’s tempting to want to sit close to the action, but the closer you are to the noise, the higher chance of damaging your hearing.
For those who are hearing impaired and using hearing aids, caring for your devices is even more important during warmer weather. In addition to spending more time doing water activities, people tend to sweat more during summer and expose their hearing aids to humidity, which creates a moisture-heavy environment for your ears. Your hearing aids should be kept as dry as possible to avoid malfunction and expensive damages.
For more information on hearing loss, hearing loss solutions, and summer care for your hearing aids, contact New Generation Hearing Centers today.