by Dr. Emily Martinson, Au.D., Ph.D.
As the summer continues on, many of us are hitting the golf course. Whether you are playing just for the fun of it or are a regular Jack Nicklaus, golf is a great way to spend time with family and friends. For people with hearing loss, golf presents many unique challenges (above and beyond staying under par of course). The most common challenge on the golf course for golfers with hearing aids is wind noise. As with any outdoor activity, golfers often notice an increase in wind noise when they are on the course, regardless of the weather. This is caused by wind passing over the hearing aid microphones, and is more common in behind-the-ear style hearing aids than custom hearing aids. Wind noise can be combated through an increase in the wind noise reduction setting on your hearing aids. This reduces the amount of rustling that is heard as the wind passes over the microphones.
Make sure to check with your hearing health provider that your wind noise reduction setting is turned up to the maximum. Wind noise can also be reduced by wearing a hat or visor while golfing. This reduces the amount of wind that can reach the microphones, with the added benefit that less sun glare will help you see the ball better and improve your golf game (theoretically). If wind noise continues to be an issue, don’t hesitate to follow up with your provider to find out what other changes can be made. Fore!