Summer is a perfect season to experience the vivid world of sound – such as children playing on the beach, birds singing in the trees, or the sizzle of a family BBQ. So, the team at Help in Hearing have come up with some top tips to ensure you can enjoy a summer of sound to the full.
Make sure your hearing is at its best
Hearing loss can be a gradual process, and people often don’t notice any changes until it becomes difficult to keep up with conversations, particularly in background noise, sometimes making social events stressful and less enjoyable. We recommend that if you’re over 50 you should have your hearing checked by a qualified professional every 2 years so that action can be taken as early as possible.
Look after your hearing aids
If you are already a hearing aid user, it’s important to know how to take care of your aids in all seasons. Even if you are not able to travel abroad this summer, keeping your devices free from moisture and debris will help prevent lasting damage and ensure they are working well. Always wash your hands before touching your hearing aids and remove them before you go for a swim or lie on the beach. Placing your hearing aids in a dehumidifier overnight is another great way to keep them clear of moisture build up.
If you have a holiday booked, whether a ‘staycation’ or abroad, it’s a good idea to get your hearing aids serviced ahead of your trip so you can relax in the knowledge that your hearing aids are good to go.
Protect your ears
It is always good practice to protect your ears from excessive noise. This applies to all the family, not only those wearing hearing aids, and is not just for loud concerts or sporting events. If you’re planning to carry out DIY or gardening work over the summer using loud machinery, it’s well worth investing in some ear plugs to keep your ears safe from noise exposure which can cause lasting damage.
If you use cotton buds, stop now! Many people use them to clean their ears, but it is not recommended as they can push earwax further in. This can result in a blockage which might develop into temporary or even permanent conductive hearing loss. If you’ve noticed a build-up of earwax, make sure you book an appointment at Help in Hearing where our audiologists can assess and treat you in a safe and clinical environment.
All of our audiologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), giving you and your family the peace of mind that you will only be seen by a fully qualified registered clinician.
So, if you or your family have concerns about hearing loss or blocked ears, call and make an appointment with the hearing experts on 0345 2220579 or send an online booking form