How Swimmer’s Ear Can Cause Temporary Hearing Loss

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As humans we all undertake different activities as a part of our lives. These may be for work or for recreational purposes but no matter the reason we all want to perform these as safe as we can. Though some tasks may always have danger involved, we’d always want to minimize the risk the best we can.

Swimming is something loved by many, and for some of us such as swimmer’s it may be something we do on a daily basis. What many don’t know however, is that possible harm this poses on our hearing health. While many may not be aware of this, the does not mean they are exempted the hazard that comes with swimming.

What Is Swimmer’s Ear?

Don’t be fooled by it’s name as this is an ailment that can be contracted by anyone, but it’s called as such because swimmers are more susceptible to this due to their increased exposure to water in contrast to others. This may develop when bacteria-laced water becomes trapped inside your ears. The presence of large amounts of fluids then allows the microorganism to reproduce at a much faster rate. Once it is plentiful it then starts to infect your auditory system.

Openings on the skin of your inner ears could accelerate this process. These can be made by inserting foreign objects deep inside and this includes cotton swabs. Always remember that these are only to be used on your outer ears and you should apply caution when doing so.

Symptoms

It’s important to detect and treat swimmer’s ear as early as possible. Be vigilant and take note of these signs that you have to look out for.

  • Itchiness
  • A feeling of plugged ears
  • Inflammation
  • Pus or substances coming out of your ear.
  • Fever
  • Loss of hearing
  • Pain within the inner ear

How Does This Cause Hearing Loss?

You may wonder how an infection may bring about hearing loss. This is due to the swelling that happens which impedes sound from entering.

Treatment

You may usually still be able to hear faint noises but that doesn’t mean you should ignore this though. If the pain is not enough to get you to seek medical care, note that if this persists without treatment you may end up having a permanent deafness. This may also spread towards your brain and cause damage there.

In the most severe of situations this may lead to a person’s demise. Don’t let this scare you though as you this can easily be solved through a trip to the doctor.  The common prescribed remedies are antibiotic ear drops and pain relievers to alleviate the discomfort being felt.

Prevention

When you go swimming it’s important to wear safety gears such as earplugs to keep the water out. After any activity that involves your head getting wet, always dry your ears. Tilt your head left and right for a few seconds to allow any liquid to find its way out. You may also use a hairdryer at its lowest setting as long as you hold it a foot from you ear.

Always be disciplined in incorporating necessary certain safety measures to keep pats of your body safe. This is important so that you may bring home good memories instead of aching and health conditions. Consult with one of our audiologists on simple ways to care for your hearing health. Call Beltone DFW at (888) 958-8432.