With spring just around the corner, there’s lots to look forward to. Unfortunately, there’s also the pollen count to worry about if you’re an allergy sufferer – airborne allergens can lead to hearing issues as well as itchy eyes.
A build-up of pressure in your sinuses – or more mucus in your throat – can make your ears feel full or “stuffy”. Add in variations in barometric pressure as the weather changes, and it’s no wonder that hearing loss can become more noticeable during spring.
In warmer weather, it’s only natural to want to spend more time outside. This is especially true during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, when we’re all being encouraged to meet with friends and relatives in the fresh air, not indoors.
However, with more people and more traffic, noise levels soon increase, making it harder to catch what people are saying. You could also miss out on some of the audible pleasures of spring, like bird song and children laughing.
Don’t let hearing loss diminish your enjoyment of spring. Start by taking advantage of Hearing Works’ free and quick hearing screening offer – this can indicate whether further hearing assessment is needed.
Also look at getting your ears “spring-cleaned” – a build-up of wax can also affect your ability to hear quieter, softer sounds.
If hearing loss is impacting your quality of life, it’s time to ask your Hearing Works audiologist about hearing devices. If you’ve never used them, or if it’s been a few years since you last bought a pair, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how advanced they’ve become.
Small, slimline hearing devices deliver amazing lifelike sound thanks to noise-cancelling technology – you’ll hear every word. If you are wearing hearing devices this spring, be certain to clean them regularly for optimum performance. Also, protect them from humidity (use an umbrella when it rains, and dry your hair thoroughly after showering).