The groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, so what does that mean for us?

This means that we need to take winter precautions to prevent hearing loss as more people are prone to hearing issues due to the cold weather. Colder temperatures bring more viruses, colds, and general sickness. A common side effect of the seasonal colds is ear infections. To decrease your chances of getting an ear infection, it is important to keep your ears clean, keep your body healthy, and keep your allergies in check by taking medications. The colder weather can also cause problems with hearing aids. It is imperative that you give your hearing aids the chance to dry out.

Exostosis is a common issue that occurs during winter time. It occurs when there are abnormal growths in the ear canal. This condition develops when the bone surrounding the ear canal and the ear canal is overexposed to cold water and wind. The bone surrounding the ear canal becomes thicker, and over time, blocks sound causing a prolonged hearing loss. This condition also leads to intense ear infections because the ear canal no longer produces ear wax, the main protectant against bacteria.

Six tips to help your hearing aids and ears this winter:

  1. Protect your hearing aids
  2. Carry spare batteries
  3. Dry thoroughly after showering
  4. Beware of condensation
  5. Watch out for ear infections
  6. Be careful when traveling with a cold

Want to learn more? Contact a hearing specialist today.