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Summer is here and that means warm weather, sunny days, and lots of time spent outside. For our hearing aids summer can present some problems. Here are a few tips to help keep your hearing aids safe and functional this summer.
- Keep your hearing aids in a protective case and out of direct sunlight when you are not wearing them. This will help to ensure that they don’t melt!
- Moisture is one of your hearing aid’s worst enemies. Sweat and water can affect the small parts inside your hearing aid so avoid storing hearing aids in humid places such as in glove boxes, dashboards, or other environments where heat and moisture can build up.
- Sunscreen has oils that can damage hearing aids, so apply lotions or sprays completely before putting on your hearing aids.
- Remove your hearing aids before showering, swimming or any activity in which you will be or could be exposed to water. In order for your hearing aids to work to their full potential they need to be moisture free.
- At night, open the battery door to allow dry, fresh air to move through the hearing aid and relieve moisture.
- Invest in a dehumidifier/dryer for your hearing aids to be stored in during the night. This will help ensure your hearing aids are working properly and could help extend the life of your hearing aids.
Follow our tips above for a worry-free summer that’s full of sounds and sunshine. Have questions about how to care for your hearing aids? Contact our office for an appointment with our Audiologist who can help make sure you are hearing well during your summer travels.
Find out the telltale signs that it’s time to get professional help for your allergy symptoms.
The bad news is that about 20 percent of people will develop allergies during their lifetime. But the good news is that your Katy ENT doctor Dr. David Sycamore knows exactly how to treat your symptoms and get you back to enjoying life without those red itchy eyes and frequent sneezing.
What are the most common allergies?
Your symptoms could be due to any one of these common types of allergens:
Pollen: Pollen is produced by trees, flowers and grass, and can cause some pretty unpleasant seasonal allergies. While not dangerous, symptoms of a runny nose, watery, itchy eyes and sneezing can be annoying for anyone.
Animal dander: Secreted by your pet’s skin and saliva, this allergen may take years to develop and the symptoms are similar to pollen allergies. By using a HEPA filter, cleaning surfaces regularly and keeping some rooms like your bedroom off limits to your pet you can keep animal dander symptoms down.
Dust mites: These microscopic bugs that live in our houses can cause nasty allergies for some. That’s why it’s important to keep surfaces dust-free and to wash bedding in hot water every week.
Mold: Just like dust mites, mold can be microscopic. Mold is often found in moist, warm and damp areas like basements or the bathroom. If you suffer from mold allergies it’s important to make sure that your bathroom and basement have good ventilation. Also be aware that raking leaves or cutting grass can also kick up these allergies so be sure to wear a mask and protective clothing.
Food: Many people with food allergies find that they have sensitivities to things such as dairy, shellfish or nuts. People can develop allergies for just about anything but these tend to be the most common food allergies. If you experience nausea, vomiting and other gastrointestinal issues right after eating then you may be dealing with a food allergy.
When to See Your Katy, TX Allergist?
For many allergy or asthma sufferers the symptoms usually show up over time rather than suddenly. While some patients may only experience minimal problems such as nasal congestion or sneezing, for others their symptoms can be more severe. It may be time to come into our Katy ENT office if you are dealing with any of these issues:
- Your allergies are causing chronic sinus infections or trouble breathing
- You deal with allergy symptoms for several months a year
- Over-the-counter allergy medications aren’t treating the symptoms
- Allergy symptoms are affecting your life and daily activities
- You have trouble catching your breath due to asthma
- You frequently experience tightness in your breath or shortness of breath
- You’ve been diagnosed with asthma and are experiencing frequent attacks
If allergy symptoms have got you down, then it’s time you turned to Parkway ENT and Allergy to alleviate your allergies. Call our office today.
Welcome to the Blog of Parkway ENT and Allergy, PA
Parkway ENT and Allergy, PA would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about otolaryngology and our practice.
At Parkway ENT and Allergy, PA we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their health and wellbeing. Our blog was designed to provide you with valuable ear, nose and throat information, the latest otolaryngology developments and health advice from our dedicated team.
Parkway ENT and Allergy, PA hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper otolaryngology care and treatments.
We welcome all comments and questions.
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