Fall Weather and Hearing Loss: How to Manage Your Hearing in Wetter Seasons
As the wet weather sets in, there’s no doubt we’re deep in the monsoon season. For those that struggle with hearing loss and other issues, these months can be particularly challenging when it comes to managing our hearing health. If you’re one of those people struggling to manage tinnitus or hearing aids during rainy days, you’re not alone. Read on to find out more about how to better manage your hearing:
Why our ears are affected by changes in the weather
You may be wondering; why exactly are my ears so affected by the chill? Surprisingly, it’s all down to fat. Unlike other parts of the body, ears don’t have the fatty protective layer to keep them warm. For those out and about in this weather, that means your ears cool the fastest. There’s a reason earmuffs and hats are popular for the colder months if you are travelling out of our tropical region, and that’s because our ears and nose are amongst the first areas to feel the chill. Especially in locations where the wind is a serious issue, our ears can be harmed by that lack of protection. This can lead to a range of different hearing issues, from tinnitus to hearing loss and anything else in between.
Despite the rainy season coming around every year, our ears never quite get used to that drop in temperature and amount of rain. Especially for those who spend a significant amount of time indoors under air-conditioning. Ringing ears, a build-up of ear wax or even trapped water are common side effects of the weather. For some, these conditions can be highly stressful and even painful, needing urgent care and attention. Fall weather is not something to be underestimated, and taking preventative measures is always worth it if it improves your health and happiness.
Looking out for symptoms
There’s no doubt that the wetter months generally leave a lot of us feeling run-down. Whether it’s a cold, flu or bug, we all seem to be sicker than any other month. But if you’re struggling with ear pain or issues, knowing to differentiate general illness from specific conditions is essential. Blocked sinuses, ‘full’ feeling ears and even reduced hearing can all be a regular part of being ill. Individuals that already are vulnerable to ear pain are far more likely to get viral ear infections than others from colds and flu.
Symptoms to watch out for, especially if they last for longer than a few days, are:
– Aching or pain inside the ear
– Swelling inside the ear and retention of wax and water
– Feeling of fullness and reduced hearing
– Little or no hearing in one or both ears
Should any of the symptoms persist, consulting a professional is the best option. Should a doctor recommend hearing aids or similar tools, Signia offers a full range to suit just about any lifestyle. While some symptoms go away over time, it’s always worth checking with a hearing care professional to ensure your long-term health. For your ears, which are particularly sensitive, knowing your symptoms is essential.
Protecting your hearing outdoors
While it’s certainly not the loudest season, ensuring you have ear protection on hand is vital. For any event or situation where you could be exposed to loud noises, having protection can make all the difference. If you think noise levels will reach above 80dB, using earplugs can promote better ear health. Other options include earmuffs for colder weather, as well as noise-canceling headphones for lesser noises. The wind is also a significant factor for noise, especially during storms. Protecting your ears can make all the difference to the longevity of your hearing, so invest in proper protection today.
How excessive wax build-up can cause pain and tinnitus
Wax build-up can be a hassle at any time of the year. But we’ve found this condition is particularly prevalent in the wetter season. Perhaps related to a condition called Swimmer’s Ear, in cooler weather water and wax can quickly become trapped in the ear. While this is your body’s way of trying to protect you, it can also cause discomfort and pain over time. Ear wax build-up removal completed promptly can reduce the chance of hearing loss, as well as tinnitus and pain. A build-up of ear wax can leave individuals vulnerable to infection, which in turn leads to pain. Typically caused by swimming in cold water, Swimmer’s Ear can also result from not wrapping up in wet, cold weather. So make sure you keep yourself warm and protected should you need to venture outside.
Water-resistant hearing aids are equipped to withstand the damp and rain in the Fall
For those with acute hearing loss or in need of a little help, hearing aids make all the difference. But in the wetter, colder months, can your current hearing aids withstand the weather? Weather-resistant hearing aids are the ideal solution to this issue. By wrapping up warm and choosing hearing aids designed to withstand the damp and rain of Fall, your hearing can stay 100% whatever the weather. Depending on the style of your hearing aid, wearing a snug hat or comfortable earmuff can also add extra protection. Hearing aids from Signia tick all the boxes, allowing you to venture outside even in wet and stormy weather without fear of damage or breaking.
The monsoon period is firmly upon us, and it’s more important than ever to ensure your health is put first. Protect your ears to prevent injury or pain from occurring, and make sure you wrap up warm to keep those germs at bay. If you’re considering investing in hearing aids that are practical come rain or shine, then give Signia a try. Our weather-resistant models are designed to meet just about any challenge. In the meantime, ensure you visit the doctor for any ongoing ear problems and make the most of these few months of damp, but enjoyable, weather.