Protecting Your Hearing and Hearing Aids During Winter
Winter is right around the corner and so is a lot of tough weather. While you’re protecting the outside of your ears from bitter winds, don’t forget about the dangers winter poses for the rest of your hearing system.
Watch out for noise.
If you use a snow blower to clear your sidewalk and driveway, those machines can run louder than 100 decibels, well above the 85-decibel threshold where hearing damage can start. A simple pair of foam earplugs, or an inexpensive headset-style ear-protection device, are highly recommended for preserving your hearing.
Protect against moisture.
If you wear hearing aids, be extra cautious when clearing away snow or enjoying some seasonal exercise. Snow is essentially water, which has the potential to damage hearing aids. Additionally, wearing hearing aids under hats and scarves while exerting yourself outdoors may build up perspiration that can damage performance if it gets into your hearing aid electronics. If your hearing aid stops working, it could be due to moisture. Take them out of your ears and use a Dri-Aid kit to pull the moisture out.
Watch your step.
If you have hearing loss, be especially careful about the possibility of falling. Research has revealed that people with hearing loss are more likely to suffer dangerous falls than other people, so use extra caution and prudence when you’re out and about during winter weather. There is also research suggesting that balance may be improved while wearing your devices. So make sure to keep your devices on all day every day.
There’s a lot more we can discuss about the possible effects of winter on your hearing. Please, give us a call if you’re interested in learning more.
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