Hearing Tips for the Fall Season
At Audio Recovery, we are dedicated to providing you with the tools and resources you need to protect your hearing and live a full, healthy life. Just as the different seasons of the year bring out different aspects of the weather, so also can the seasons bring about new hazards to your hearing that you may not face other times of the year. In today’s blog, we take a look at the 4 main things to be aware of as we head into the fall season. Read on to learn more, then contact Audio Recovery at 405-949-1906 or visit us online for more hearing safety tips.
Be Aware of Allergies
Many people are unaware that allergens, in addition to wreaking havoc on your sinuses, can also impact your hearing. Just as allergens irritate your nose and throat, they can also cause irritation in outer and inner ears, as well as your ear canal. This can lead to a multitude of different symptoms, from itchiness or irritation of the ears, to feelings of blockage in your ears and dizziness or disorientation. The good news is that once the allergens are gone, your hearing will likely return to normal. For a more detailed explanation of the impact allergies have on your hearing, read our post on the topic here.
For many Oklahomans, the arrival of cooler weather means one thing: football season is back. While going to see a game in person can be an exciting time, those stadiums present a potential risk to your hearing due to the excessively loud noise. Standing amongst the cheering fans can be thrilling, but it can also cause permanent damage to the inner workings of your ears. One of the best things you can do is to bring earplugs or other protective devices with you to the game. While this will muffle some of the sounds that have become a staple of the pastime, it goes a long way towards ensuring you are able to have healthy hearing later on in life.
The fall season is often when people tend to do the majority of their lawn work. The temperatures make it enjoyable to be outside and tackle those projects you put off during the summer heat. While you’re tending to your landscaping, make sure you’re taking care of your ears as well. Mowing your grass can kick up those allergens mentioned earlier, and the noise of your lawnmower or weedeater can cause damage to your ears over time. Make sure to be aware of what noises are too loud and the potential damage they can do and take the necessary precautions.
As the temperatures continue to drop as fall turns into winter, you’ll want to be aware of the effect the cold can have on your hearing aid devices. Most of the time, the side effects of colder weather results in minor complications, the most common being a reduced battery life if your device uses zinc batteries. The best way to combat the weather’s effect on your hearing aids is to wear hats or headbands that cover your ears. This will also eliminate the risk of snow landing and melting on your hearing aids, and reduce the chance of condensation when you head back indoors. We’ve compiled a list of other winter weather tips and tricks to be aware of here.
Get Outside and Enjoy the Weather
It can become easy to feel like hearing loss or the potential of hearing damage is restricting your lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to. Our purpose in writing these articles is to provide you with the knowledge you need to enjoy the outdoors while extending your hearing’s longevity, no matter what season it is. For additional information, or if you’d like to schedule a hearing consultation with us, give Audio Recovery a call today at 405-949-1906 or send us a message online to learn more about how we can help you.