Fall brings with it a host of changes. You’ll feel the crispness in the air and notice the leaves changing color at Knowlton Park. You also might notice a change in your hearing, particularly if you have new hearing aids.
Below we’ll discuss some of the ways your hearing health needs might change this season, and how you can prepare your hearing for all that fall has to offer.
Changes in Weather
Cooler, wetter weather can pose a threat to your hearing aids if any moisture gets on the device. If your hearing aid gets wet, switch it off completely and remove and dry the battery to prevent damage.
It also might be useful to use a dehumidifier made specifically for hearing aids once or twice a week to remove any dampness or moisture buildup on your hearing aids. Using a dehumidifier will also help dry out wax and eliminate any bacteria or odor on the device.
Shorter days and colder weather mean that you’ll be spending less time outside and much more time indoors in the coming months. Getting used to indoor acoustics for longer periods of time can be challenging, so it’s important to have patience with yourself and your surroundings as you adjust to new circumstances. Never hesitate to voice your concerns to your audiologist if you have questions about changes in your hearing in different environments.
From holiday parties to back to school events and everything in between, fall is a time for a lot of social interaction, often with large groups of people. While it can be wonderful to spend time celebrating with friends and loved ones, it can also be overwhelming. We recommend trying to use this time to practice listening and strengthening your hearing as best you can, while again remaining patient with yourself as challenges arise.
If you have more hearing health questions or need to schedule an appointment with an expert audiologist, call Audiology Center of Maine today.