Allergy season is oftentimes accompanied by a stuffy nose, watery eyes, hearing loss, and itchiness. When all this starts, you can also expect to be able to hear less since you’ll be existing in a “fog.” At the very least, sounds will be muffled as your ears pop more than usual in an attempt to get rid of the increased pressure in your head. When you move your head, you can feel the fluid moving around – to the point you may even grow dizzy. This will make you feel miserable as it has a real impact on your ability to communicate.
Why Seasonal Allergies Cause Hearing Loss
Fluid can build up in your middle ear when you’re suffering from seasonal allergies. This causes you to feel pressure and experience temporary hearing loss since soundwaves are unable to make their way properly to the inner ear. You will also experience the same issues any time that you have a cold. However, you should always remember that this is temporary, which means that your full hearing will soon be restored, and you won’t feel as though you’re muddling your way through a thick fog any longer. Of course, taking the right medication and seeking the correct treatment will help minimize the amount of time you’re left suffering. This will also enable you to enjoy Spring’s flowers – just from a distance.
What to do About Allergies and Your Hearing
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help minimize hearing loss due to allergies:
- Take an over-the-counter allergy medication that’s specifically designed with your specific allergies and their symptoms in mind. This is something your doctor or pharmacist can advise you about. There’s a whole line of medications designed to help you including decongestants and saline nasal sprays that can provided relief.
- When you’re known to experience the same allergies every year, you’ll recognize when they’re about to hit. Try to start taking a medication a few weeks before this so you can prevent the symptoms from occurring in the first place. Start with a smaller dose until you feel your allergies are in “full bloom” then take a slightly bigger dose.
- Make sure you take your allergy medication every day throughout allergy season. While pollen levels ebb and flow you still need a plan to follow so you feel at your best throughout these times.
- Wash your hands and face as frequently as possible, but especially after spending time outside. This removes the allergens from your skin so they can’t travel to your nose or mouth. You may also want to change your clothes after spending time outside since pollen has a tendency of collecting there.
- Do your best to stay inside on those days when the pollen count is at its highest. This is information you can easily find online.
- Tell people when and if your allergies are making you experience a temporary hearing loss. This way they can speak up at a volume you can hear. Don’t feel bad about doing this because most people are able to relate to this.
Before allergy season arrives and allergies leave you suffering with hearing loss this year, make sure you speak with the professionals at Countryside Hearing Aid Services. They’ll make sure that your hearing is at its best so that allergies won’t make you feel worse than they already do. This is something that they have done for many happy customers over the years. There’s no reason for you to suffer through another allergy season when they can help you with this too.
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