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What Does Autumn Mean For Sound? Plus Autumn Hearing Health

By: Paul Harrison Updated: 6th September 2021 in: Hearing Loss Awareness, Latest News, Articles
What Does Autumn Mean For Sound?

What Does Autumn Mean for Sound?

Plus Autumn Hearing Health

 

Enjoy the Autumn sounds by keeping our ears healthy in Autumn

September is fast approaching, which means the weather will soon be noticeably chillier.  We thought it was important to briefly go through some tips and guidance to hear your best this autumn and look after your hearing aids.

Autumn isn't just a pretty sight for the eyes - it brings spectacular sounds with it too. However, this new season brings new challenges and with lower temperatures, it can have an effect on our body - especially our ears. 

 

Crunching leaves & ear protection

At Hearing Aid UK, autumn is one of our favourite seasons for sound, and with the new innovative hearing aid technology of today - every sound just seems more amplified, more comfortable and more realistic.  A perfect example of this is Signia's AX hearing aid range.  With its 3D acoustic motion sensors, you can now hear your whole soundscape the way nature intended, while on the go. 

Hearing aids like the recently launched Signia AX support your hearing, so you can take in every bit of detail on autumnal walks - because who doesn't like the sound of fallen crispy leaves crunching underfoot?  Perhaps, you've just got your new hearing aids and are exploring old sounds anew - grab your wellies, wrap up and head out on an autumnal adventure!

During autumn a lot of people like to take this time to garden before the winter months kick in.  Although it is always nice to clear your garden of leaves, this time of year, doing so requires using loud gardening machinery. Remember to always wear ear protection, while you are using any leaf blowers or other noisy DIY tools.

 

Showers & keeping dry

The sound of rain shows up in all seasons, here in the UK - but a sound we would miss if our hearing loss restricted us.  The pitta patta in puddles, leaves, trees and on rooftops are quite the mindful and calming listening experiences that sometimes we take for granted.

Due to our ears having no protective fat tissues they can cool down fast, therefore they are susceptible to cold and wet weather conditions.  There is only a thin layer of skin surrounding the nerves in your ear canal, so cold weather can cause ear pain.  Keeping your ears covered during cool weather prevents a reduction of blood flow and reduces the risk of ear pain or infection. 

 

Autumn hearing aid care and maintenance

Autumn is also a time to take extra care of your hearing aids.  In the chillier months and wet weather conditions, there is more risk of getting moisture into them.  Moisture can be detrimental to hearing aids, so when the grey clouds come - put on a hat or use an umbrella to protect them.

You can tell if your hearing aids have been damaged due to moisture if you notice the following:

 

  • They cut out during loud noises
  • They suddenly stop working and then start again
  • The sound you hear starts to fade or come and go sporadically
  • You get static along with your sound
  • The sound you hear is not clear or becomes distorted

 

Autumn winds & feedback

Autumnal winds can be quite a peaceful sound, but sometimes a strong and relentless one for the ears.  Most modern digital hearing aids are equipped for such environments, with 'WindNoise Management' and 'SmartWind Manager' like the Widex Moment, they adapt accordingly. 

Ensuring your hearing remains clear and comfortable, even in challenging situations.  Therefore, you never miss the sounds of autumn or conversations while you stroll.

 

Remember, remember the 5th of November!

Nostalgic sounds such as a crackling bonfire and spectacular firework displays are all wonderful snippets of life and sound to experience.  It is important to adjust your hearing aid settings, so you can manage the changes in the sound atmosphere.

A great example of practical adjustable technology, built with easy alterations in mind, is the Starkey Livio Edge AI 2400. Using the 'Thrive' App you can easily and discreetly make any changes to your hearing aids with your smartphone, wherever you are.

Although great, these events bring noise, which ultimately affects our ear health.  We should always consider ear protection when partaking in these activities - and other events that expose you to sounds that are bigger than 80 decibels (dB).

 

 Autumn & allergies

There are so many people who suffer from allergies when autumn arrives.  The symptoms from these allergies can make our ears 'full' and cause difficulty hearing or they might make our ears itch. 

Whilst most symptoms can be treated and reduced with various medicines, they can lead to more serious issues for our ears.  This might be vertigo, tinnitus or increased pressure or increased fluid in the middle ear.

If you feel like you are missing out on the seasonal sounds or your hearing has altered, we advise that you seek professional help and get your hearing checked.

 

Drying hearing aids at home

Although we do recommend you contact your local audiologist if you think your hearing aids have been damaged - here are a few quick tips that might help get the moisture out of your hearing aids at home.

 

  • Use a hearing aid dehumidifier overnight.
  • Place your hearing aids on newspaper and air-dry for at least 24 hours.
  • Similar to mobile phones, try putting your hearing aids in a plastic bag of rice for 24 hours.

 

If any of the hearing aid faults listed earlier applies to your hearing aids and you have tried drying your hearing aids at home with the above guidance - it is vital that you contact your local audiologist who will support you and repair your devices accordingly.

I don't have a local audiologist

If you are already wearing hearing aids and have not yet located your local audiologist - we can help put you in touch with the right hearing healthcare professional local to you (even if you have bought your hearing aids from someone else).  Call us free on 0800 567 7621

 

 

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