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Hearing expert: ‘Spring’s here — look out for your ears!’


March 23, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA — With winter in the rearview mirror, local audiologist Dr. Suzanne Yoder asks, “Are your ears ready for their best spring season yet?” From allergies and cool temps to the louder sounds of the season, spring can impact your ears if you’re caught unprepared.

Dr. Yoder offers five tips for keeping ears safe and healthy while diving into the season with gusto:

Block Out the Cold — It’s spring for sure, but April showers and cooler temperatures can still
prevail before summer takes over. Excessive moisture, cold, and wind can do battle with your ears, so keep them warm and dry with a crocheted or knitted headband, fleece ear warmers, a hat, or other snug gear.

Act on Allergies — Nearly eight percent of American adults have allergic rhinitis or hay fever, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, which can lead to uncomfortable symptoms such as plugged ears. Discuss any allergic reactions — including ear problems — with your doctor to determine the best treatment.

Protect Against Noise — Whether chain saws, gas-powered mowers, stadium ball games, or concerts, noise from power tools and spring entertainment can be hard on the ears, reaching well above the danger threshold of 85 decibels. Use earplugs, earmuffs, or both to prevent noise exposure, one of the most avoidable causes of hearing loss.

Clean With Care — If your spring cleaning includes removing excess wax from your ears, seek attention from your audiologist or physician. Improper cleaning can push wax deeper into the ear canal, damage the eardrum, trigger infection, and cause hearing loss. Also, remember to keep cotton swabs out of your ears.

Get a Hearing Checkup — Hearing loss can affect nearly every aspect of life from relationships and mental health to physical and even financial health, making regular hearing evaluations a big part of overall wellness. Keeping your ears on a checkup schedule — just like annual spring tune-ups for your lawn and garden equipment — helps catch potential problems early and keep your hearing at its best.                        


About HearWell Center — HearWell Center is a full-service audiology practice, has proudly helped Pittsburgh hear better since 2007. HearWell Center has helped thousands of patients with their hearing, tinnitus, and communication disorders and offers state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and expert fitting of hearing technology. Learn more at # # #

Submitted by:  Dr. Yoder, Audiologist and Owner of HearWell Center -

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