Whistles and screaming and stadiums, oh my! Listen up, fans of sport, we know this season is full of on-field fun, but it can wreak havoc on your hearing if you’re not careful. Whether you’re sitting in the stands or screaming at a screen, here are a few quick tips to extend your ears’ sporting career.
Be a Smarter Spectator
Did you know most stadiums are loud by design? Noise equates to energy and excitement, so matches are often equipped with activities that encourage loudness – sound effects, crowd chants, amped up announcers, etc. Even pubs will crank up the volume at their venues to make fans feel like they’re part of the experience. The issue is unavoidable, so we’d suggest arming yourself with a discrete pair of earplugs to get you through gameday.
Suit Up for Anything
Sport season doesn’t stop for poor weather. Chilly and wet conditions can hurt hearing devices, so if you do find yourself supporting your team outside, prepare with a pre-game equipment check. Stock up on hearing aid batteries, as cold weather can drain them faster. Moisture can also be especially damaging to hearing aids, so we’d suggest wearing a hat or scarf around your head to protect them in the rain. If they do get wet, remove the batteries as soon as possible and wipe the compartment dry. You can also put them in a Dry-Aid kit overnight to remove excess moisture.
Listen with a Loop
If background sounds, noisy neighbours or excessive distance from the action makes listening live more challenging, consider investing in a hearing loop for your aid. Loops transmit audio directly to devices and give the wearer a clear, direct connection to the sound source. If you’d like to learn more about the technology, check out this article.