The transition from one season to the next can intensify seasonal allergies for many. And this can wreak havoc with your ears, both their hearing function and their acting as the mechanism that controls our sense of balance.
There are also some activities unique to autumn that, if not treated with preventive measures, can cause more lasting harm to the ears.
As far as allergies go, the increase in the air of certain pollens can make your body’s immune system kick into gear, thinking it’s under attack. This leads to fluid buildup and tissue inflammation, both of which can clog or constrict the ear canal and affect hearing. These can also throw off the functioning of the vestibular system that controls our sense of balance.
If your allergies are having a profound impact on your hearing or leading to vertigo—and common over-the-counter remedies are not doing the trick—then seeking medical attention is probably worth the effort.
Then there are some of the things we do in the fall that put our ears at risk. Hunting without ear protection is, well, not a good plan. There are plenty of older hunters who can probably confirm this.
And leaf blowers, chainsaws, and other yard maintenance equipment can push the decibel meter over 100—while 70 is where sounds become dangerous to ears. The fact is that every bit of excessive noise that ears are exposed to can degrade them down the road. Invest in some kind of ear protection and, when in doubt, use it to cut down on the ramifications of noisy environments.
Let your ears have an easy transition to winter.