Fireworks: Beautiful for the eyes. Damaging to the ears. Protect your ears from noise-induced loss by minimizing the intensity of the loud snapping, crackling and popping of fireworks on the Fourth of July. Consider distancing yourself from the site and/or wearing ear protection. Each will reduce the possibility of permanent damage. Be 4th smart!
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News about developments in hearing healthcare are posted.
Heat and Hearing Aids: As summertime approaches, keep in mind that humidity is not a hearing aid's friend. While enjoying the summer months, remember to use a desiccant such as in a Dry Aid kit for removing moisture from the delicate components. Nightly attention will have you hearing all the wonderful sounds of the summer all season long!
Localization 101: Change the shape of your ears and change your ability to localize the source of the sound (Journal of Neuroscience 5 March 2018.) Whether by adding an decorative ear cuff piercing or surgery for skin cancer at the ear, modifying the shape of your ear will disturb your sense of localization, but only for a few days. Eventually the brain will relearn using the new status quo. Next time you slip on that baseball cap over the top half of your ears, expect to have some trouble hearing where the ping of your golf ball ricocheted off the tree! :)
Inviting family to sit-in on audiology appointments adds to a successful outcome. Familial support of a spouse and/or child helps to ensure the proper use and care of hearing aid devices, while educating all on the importance of behavioral listening techniques. This is just one more advantage of a concierge experience!
If dexterity and vision problems are issues for you, consider getting hearing aids with rechargeable batteries. Slip the units into the charger each evening and have fresh batteries for the wearing day. The negative is that you must bring your charger with you when you travel. The cost of the rechargeable batteries, charger and rechargeable aids is not much different over the life of the rechargeable aids than the cost of using regular disposable batteries with non-rechargeable aids though. Just an option to think about. Let your hearing health care provider help you decide!