The sounds of summer: waves lapping at the shore, laughter in the park, birdsong in the backyard… maybe even an outdoor music festival if we’re lucky. Don’t let hearing damage from noisy yard work make you miss out!
Kim Galick, owner of Ears Hearing in Langley, has tips to protect your hearing — and your hearing aids — when soaking up summer sun.
Summer hearing protection and prevention
“Noise induced hearing loss happens in three situations: noise that’s too loud, too close or too long,” Galick says.
The lawn mower may not seem too loud at first, but prolonged exposure can case permanent damage. Protect your hearing with ear plugs — inexpensive ones from the hardware store will do the trick, or visit Ears Hearing for a more comfortable custom pair.
Summer also means swimming! A little water stuck in your ears can usually be resolved by gently shaking your head and drying off with a clean towel. If you can’t get it out, water in the ear canal can become a breeding ground for bacteria and lead to infections. For those who suffer from chronic ear infections or just want extra protection, Galick makes swim moulds from soft, floatable silicone.
Summer hearing aid care
Summer isn’t the easiest time for hearing aids, but that doesn’t have to stop you from joining in the fun!
- Prevention: Wash and dry your hands before handling your hearing aids, to prevent sand or sunscreen from causing damage. Going near the pool or lake? Turn your hearing aids off and store them in a protective case, so you don’t forget before hopping in the water! “You can also invest in hearing aid sleeves which protect the device, improve comfort and absorb sweat and sunscreen,” Galick says.
- Daily care: At the end of every day, take the time to wipe down your hearing aids to remove any grime, sweat or sunscreen. Then open the battery door (if you don’t have rechargeable hearing aids) to allow any other moisture to evaporate overnight. “A dehumidifier case is a great investment for overnight storage,” Galick says.
Book a free appointment with Ears Hearing to test your hearing and discuss your options! Call 604-427-2828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are a range of hearing aid options for different lifestyles and hearing needs, and Galick can help you find the solution that’s best for you. Find Ears Hearing at Unit C 20568 56 Ave. in Langley, online at earslangley.com and on Facebook.