Image of woman with tissueThe arrival of spring can prove to be problematic for your ears and hearing aids.

How allergies make hearing difficult

Seasonal allergies affect 30 percent of U.S. adults. A symptom of allergies can be ear pressure. The presence of allergens such as pollen can also cause the immune system to create histamine, an inflammatory substance that boosts the production of mucus.

Allergic reactions can cause swelling of the ear’s Eustachian tubes, which can become clogged with fluid and wax, affecting hearing in many individuals.

 

Maintaining hearing aids

For those who wear hearing aids, spring may require more upkeep and maintenance. Allergens can obstruct their microphone ports; regular cleaning is necessary.  Spring’s moisture can damage hearing aids. When moisture builds up, it can damage the microphone or receiver, causing static. It’s a good idea to utilize a dehumidifier when exposed to moisture.   If your hearing aid is not functioning properly, your hearing can be affected.  Contact our office for maintenance assistance.

Tinnitus symptoms increasing

The excess pressure from the fluid or wax can increase the severity of tinnitus for those who regularly experience tinnitus.  For others who may experience it occasionally, they may find it a more common occurrence during allergy season.  Our team can help you manage your tinnitus symptoms, even if temporary, with a variety of techniques.

Your hearing is important to effective communication. Do not let allergies and the reactions they bring interrupt more of your daily life.  For more tips on maintaining your hearing health, schedule an appointment with the team at Physicians Hearing by calling 334.673.7399