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Windy Weather And Hearing Aids

Hearing aids in windy weather

Sometimes wearing a hearing aid can be a challenge even despite all of the technological developments recently. While the sound quality and ease of use have significantly improved in hearing aids, there are still elements of the environment that have their way of making it harder to hear.
Hearing aids work excellently in optimal environments no matter if they are behind the ear, partially in the ear, or completely hidden within the ear canal. They do wonders in keying in on the sounds you want and need to hear, and minimizing all the background noise that just doesn’t matter. Living with a hearing aid does wonders to combat all of the negative feelings and struggles that come with sensorineural hearing loss.
But wind, rain, and warm weather will present a challenge to your hearing aid wearing experience at times. Rain, water, and sweat each can seep into your hearing aid and cause functional damage. Protecting your hearing aid when you’re exposed to rain, intending to take a plunge in the water or find yourself getting a little sweaty is the best way to make sure your hearing aid stays intact.
Wind And Hearing Aids
Although wind may not pose the same kind of threat to the integrity of your hearing aid like water, rain, or sweat can, it can significantly impact your ability to hear. To someone wearing a hearing aid, wind can sound just like someone blowing on a microphone to see if it’s working.
This noise can be extremely aggravating to a hearing aid wearer and it can make hearing anything else very difficult. Some hearing aids do a better job of blocking out the wind noise, but they may block out other sounds the wearer needs to hear as well, thus becoming significantly less effective.
Dealing With The Wind
You could remove your hearing aids in windy situations, but then you’re struggling with missing out on important conversations and sounds and signals in the auditory environment. Instead, the easiest thing you can do to protect your hearing aids in windy situations is to wear a cap that covers your ears. This will block out the wind and improve your sound quality greatly. It’s an inexpensive fix and it works most of the time.
You can also invest a small amount into hearing aid covers. They are little sock-like structures that cover your behind-the-ear hearing aid. These little covers have the same effect as wearing a hat. They protect the hearing aid from wind and block out all of that annoying wind noise without blocking out the essential sounds.
You can also look into upgrading your hearing aid. Older hearing aid models are less effective against wind compared to newer models. Of course, models that fit completely within the ear canal are even better.
With a little planning combating the wind can become quite simple. Check the weather forecast for wind conditions before you go out and always carry a cap around with you to have handy in windy situations.

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Keeping Up Communication When Your Loved One Has A Hearing Loss

Communicating with loved one with hearing loss

If your loved one has a hearing loss, you probably understand the frustration that accompanies the communication process. Repeating what you say, turning down radio and television volumes, and struggling to be understood by your family member or friend can be a daunting task. However, it pales in comparison to the struggles faced by an individual with a hearing impairment. The good news is that communication can still be meaningful and productive. Patience and an understanding of how to communicate with a hearing-impaired person can enhance communication and improve the relationship.

Communicating With A Hearing Impaired Loved One

If your loved one has a hearing loss, it is essential that you show respect and patience during communication. Here are tips that can help you communicate more effectively with a hearing-impaired family member or friend:

  • Reduce Background Noise. Turn off the television and the radio, move away from crowds, and if possible find a quiet space. If you and your loved one are at a social gathering, try to find seats away from noisy areas such as the kitchen, serving stations, and the dance floor.
  • Do not block your face. As most people with hearing loss read lips, it is vital to keep your hands or anything else away from your face. Your speech will be more precise, and your companion will be able to read your lips easier.
  • Get your friend’s attention. Be sure to gain your loved one’s attention before you speak. Saying their name, touching them on the hand, arm, or shoulder, or a wave will suffice in beginning a dialogue.
  • Know what works best for them. Ask your companion what works the best for communication. Your loved one will certainly appreciate your consideration.
  • Only one speaker at a time. If you are speaking in a group, try to ensure that only one person at a time is speaking. Multiple voices talking at once can make following a conversation awkward for a hearing-impaired individual.
  • Eye contact. Face a person who has a hearing loss while maintaining eye contact at all times. Facial expressions and body language are essential.
  • Keep a natural tone of voice. Do not shout or exaggerate words as you speak to a hearing impaired person as it may distort your words even further.
  • Rephrase. If you are having trouble with your loved one understanding what you are saying, try rephrasing your words into more straightforward sentences.
  • Be patient. The essential tip is to be patient with your loved one. Show your loved one a significant amount of respect and by staying relaxed and patient throughout the conversation.

Start Improving Communication Today

If you have no problems hearing or understanding speech, it may be difficult for you to understand the obstacles confronted by a hearing-impaired person on a daily basis. A hearing healthcare professional can support you in understanding the challenges faced by your loved one and offer advice for improving communication between the two of you.