Summertime healthy hearing guideSummer holiday healthy hearing guide Tips for protecting your hearing this summer (read: earplugs for fireworks!) as well as getting the most from your hearing aids as you enjoy the warmer weather. 2021 1037 Summertime healthy hearing guide https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52871-Summer-holiday-healthy-hearing-guide
Summertime temperatures and holiday get-togethers are definitely things to look forward to so you’ll want to be hearing your best. Here are our tips for protecting your precious hearing this summer as well as getting the most from your hearing aids if you have them.
All summer long
Protect ears from noise
Hearing loss statistics show that as many as one in three Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have hearing loss resulting from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), according to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
The good news? It’s preventable. Before you pack up the family to attend a parade or concert, be sure to make a quick trip to the local drugstore for some foam ear plugs.
Wearing them in noisy situations can reduce the clamor, bang and screeches of sirens, band instruments and exploding fireworks that may cause permanent damage to unprotected ears.
Don't risk swimmer's ear
Dveloping a case of swimmer’s ear is painful. What’s more, it can lead to temporary hearing loss. To reduce the risk of developing swimmer’s ear for you and your loved ones, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend:
For hearing aid users
If you wear hearing aids, be mindful of increased humidity and moisture caused by the temperatures and water activities this time of year. As your hearing healthcare professional has probably told you, moisture is no friend to your hearing devices. Not only can it damage microphones and receivers, it can also lead to corrosion of battery contact points.
Keep your hearing aids as dry as possible, and if you haven’t done so already, invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier. These devices use a desiccant to draw out moisture overnight which may have accumulated due to excess perspiration, humidity or condensation.
Summer holiday healthy hearing considerations
If you’re taking your dad to a sporting event to celebrate Father’s Day, consider taking along some hearing protection, too. Many stadiums have noise levels that reach far above healthy levels. Unprotected exposure to an environment with noise registering more than 85 dB for an extended period of time can permanently damage your hearing. And while you’re probably taking in a Major League Baseball game instead of football this time of year, it’s still a good idea to wear ear plugs. Even the inexpensive foam ear plugs from the drugstore can reduce decibel levels by as much as 33 dB.
While we’re talking about dads and hearing—how well is yours hearing these days? After age 65, one out of three Americans will have some sort of hearing loss. If your father seems to be asking you to repeat yourself often or often answers your questions inappropriately, it may be time to gently suggest he have a hearing evaluation. Untreated hearing loss can lead to a variety of other medical conditions, including increased risk for dementia and balance problems. Here are some tips for having this sensitive conversation, and we love this story of one dad's life improving when he got hearing aids.
Watching the sky light up with bursts of color in celebration of our great nation’s birthday is something many Americans look forward to each summer. In fact, it’s so much fun it may not occur to you to protect your ears from fireworks. Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent, but it’s also preventable. Use this holiday as a teaching moment for your family.
For hearing aid users
You can still damage your residual hearing if you don't protect your ears from loud sounds. So even if you think the fireworks aren't a risk to your hearing, they are. Here's how to protect your residual hearing and why it matters so much.
Picnics, pool parties, parades, backyard BBQs—how does your family typically celebrate Labor Day? All of the tips we’ve given you for the other summer holidays certainly apply for this end-of-the-summer celebration, too. By this time, you’re likely proficient at protecting your family’s hearing against noise damage, making sure ears are kept dry after a dip in the local watering hole and modeling good hearing health habits. What’s our final tip?
Don't miss out on the sounds of summer
Our sense of hearing is uniquely constructed, providing us with the opportunity to sing along to our favorite tunes, enjoy summertime serenades by birds and crickets, and hear the delighted squeals of children. If you’re not hearing your best, it’s time to find out why.
Our directory can help locate a hearing care clinic in your community. Schedule a hearing evaluation and, if recommended, purchase hearing devices sooner rather than later. With today’s technology, there’s no reason to miss out—whether you’re celebrating a warm weather holiday with family and friends or simply sitting on your front porch enjoying the all the sweet sounds of summer.