4 Things to Know About Swimmers’ Earplugs

Hitting the Water? Don’t Forget These Little Gems for Ear Protection!

You’ve packed the swimsuits, floats, safety vests, caps, goggles, kids, and snacks for a summer afternoon at the lake or neighborhood pool, but what about the earplugs?

These small accessories can make a big difference in keeping the good times going during family fun in the water. Before you go, here are four things to know about swimmers’ earplugs:  

They Help Protect Against Ear Infection Ears and moisture don’t always mix. Otitis externa, an outer-ear infection also known as “swimmer’s ear,” is typically caused by bacterial or fungal growth when the skin in the ear canal potentially becomes irritated from activities such as swimming. Though treatable, the condition can lead to temporary hearing loss and other problems, so prevention matters. Using quality, properly inserted earplugs helps keep the water — and the threat of infection — out of your ears. They Can Be Off the Shelf or Customized It’s …

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people traveling smart and safe with the right hearing aid for the location

Different Hearing Aid Care for Different Destinations

Protect your tech while on vacation

No part of summer is more exciting than going on vacation! Whether it’s a family trip, a romantic getaway, or a relaxing solo excursion, traveling with hearing aids requires a little extra planning and awareness. To prepare for conditions that may damage or reduce the effectiveness of your technology, research your travel destination ahead of time and bring any concerns you might have to your audiologist’s attention. He or she can then recommend appropriate protection products and best practices for hearing aid care in that particular environment. For inspiration, check out these five excellent vacation spots.

 

Sedona, Arizona

With first-rate resorts, luscious golf courses, proximity to the Grand Canyon, and breathtaking natural scenery of its own, Sedona is quickly becoming a top vacation spot for people of all ages. If you wear hearing aids, you may think that visiting an arid place …

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The Best Offense Is a Good Defense

Football Fans! Here’s to Your Best (Hearing) Season Yet

Loud NFL stadiums have become a source of pride for fans and teams across the country. But with stadium noise exceeding safe decibel (sound pressure) levels, it’s also a source of hearing loss. Cheering fans can push decibel (dB) levels well into the hundreds. At these levels, it only takes 1 to 15 minutes for the sound to damage your ears.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

NIHL is damage done to the ears by exposure to loud noise; the amount of damage is dependent upon the decibel level and the length of time you’re exposed. Repeated exposure to sound levels above 85 dB can cause permanent hearing loss. Rather than not being able to hear at all, high-frequency sounds are usually the first to go, meaning you may be unable to hear s, f, sh, ch, h, or soft c sounds.

Hearing Loss by the Numbers

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Hear Happy This Fourth

Dos and Don’ts for Taking Little Ones to See Fireworks

If you have a newborn in the family, here’s what you need to know about Little One’s ears and fireworks.

Every detail of your family’s Fourth has been planned to a “T,” from the neighborhood barbecue to staking out the perfect spot to watch fireworks. But there’s one more thing to do: Grab Baby’s hearing protection.

While the iconic booms and pops of fireworks come with a thrill, they also put hearing at risk — especially for little ones. From what’s too loud to where to sit and what to do, here’s what you need to know to help keep your family’s hearing healthy this Independence Day and those to come.

Most adults think that because it doesn’t bother their hearing, it won’t bother Baby’s. This isn’t necessarily true — babies hear differently than adults. Loud sounds could potentially damage infants’ hearing and hinder auditory development.

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