As the days continue to grow longer and warmer and lockdown restrictions are easing further, it’s finally beginning to feel like summer across much of the UK. Summer is an incredible time to experience the vivid world of sound: children playing at the beach, birds singing in the trees, or the sizzle of a family BBQ. But if you have a hearing loss, these delightful sounds can be easy to miss.
Below you can find some of our top tips for ensuring you’re able to enjoy this summer of sound to the full!
Hearing loss is often a gradual process, and it can be difficult to realise how much your ability to hear has changed over time. This is why we recommend that if you’re over 50 you get your hearing checked by a qualified professional every 2 years so you can take action as soon as early as possible and keep on hearing at your best.
With summer comes a whole host of outdoor socialising and meeting up with friends and family. If you suffer from hearing loss it can be difficult to keep up with conversations, particularly when there’s background noise around, often making social events stressful and difficult to enjoy. To make sure your hearing is at its best this summer, why not book a free hearing health assessment at House of Hearing? We will carry out a comprehensive examination of your hearing and work with you to find the best solution to fit your needs so you’re able to appreciate all the sounds this summer has to offer!
If you’re already a hearing aid user, it’s important to know how to take care of your hearing aids in all seasons – even if you might not be able to travel abroad this summer. Keeping your hearing aids free from moisture and debris will help to prevent lasting damage and ensure they’re working well over the summer months. You can do this by making sure to wash your hands before touching your hearing aids and removing them before you go for a swim or lie down on the sand. Placing your hearing aids in a dehumidifier overnight is another great way to keep them in top condition and clear of moisture build up.
For those of you lucky enough to 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.
It’s always good practice to protect your ears from excessive noise to prevent lasting damage to your hearing. Noise protection 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 summer using loud machinery, it’s well worth investing in some ear plugs to keep your ears safe from noise exposure.
Another way to protect your ears is to stop using cotton buds! Many people clean their ears with cotton buds as part of their daily routine however it is not recommended: cotton buds often push earwax further into the ear, which can result in blockages. These blockages can develop into temporary or even permanent conductive hearing loss. If you’ve noticed a build-up of wax in your ears, make sure you book an appointment at your local House of Hearing clinic where our ENT nurse-led wax team can assess and treat you in a safe and clinical environment.
At House of Hearing we have been hearing specialists for over 50 years and we look forward to helping patients for another 50.
All of our audiologists are members of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA) and each are also 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.