It’s officially summer!

Studies show that people spend up to 63% more time outside during the warmer months. No surprise, really.

But you may not have considered one of the dangers of the summer season. Between lawnmowers, loud graduation parties, outdoor concerts and fireworks displays, your ears are subjected to many potentially damaging sounds during this time of year. Any noise above 85 decibels is considered dangerous. Look at how loud these common summertime sounds are:

Heat, humidity, perspiration and air conditioning can damage the delicate circuitry in your hearing aid.

Now that warmer weather is here, we want to offer some tips for caring for your hearing aids during the summer months.

  • Keep them clean. Wipe down your hearing aids every night before bed. Earwax, sweat and other residue tends to build up during the day. Because hearing aids gather more bacteria with increased humidity, you may want to use an antimicrobial product every few days to keep your devices sanitized.

Have you heard? May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM). Designated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1927, BHSM was formed to raise awareness for hearing loss and speech disorder. Each year they offer a different campaign theme.

This 2014 theme is “Communications Disorders are Treatable” and aims to help “Identify the Signs” of communication disorders, especially in children.

Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

That couldn’t be a more truthful statement. Food doesn’t just affect the appearance of our bodies it also affects the functions. Your hearing can be greatly impacted by the foods you eat. If decreasing your chances of hearing loss by eating delicious, healthy foods doesn’t sound like a win-win, I don’t know what does.

If you regularly read our blog posts or follow us on Facebook, you may have noticed that noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and how to prevent it, is a running theme. As they say, “An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.” Your ears are fragile; exposure to loud sounds often results in permanent hearing loss.

Researchers from Stanford School of Medicine offer hope that it may not be permanent. They’ve discovered a possible “window for treatment” in their study with a mouse model. Loud sounds, once thought to permanently destroy the delicate cochlea, are now believed to damage the hair and nerve cells that send sound signals to the brain. If immediate treatment with anti-inflammatory medications is administered, the damage is limited.