How The Cold Weather Affects Hearing

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Sipping on hot chocolate while snuggling against the fireplace and enjoying the cozyness of home is a winter favorite of many. Children go out and play in the snow, building snowmen, making snow angels, and riding sleds. Winter is a great time of the year, but the extreme weather also requires added care from us in protecting our health.

Our hearing health is one of the things we should keep an eye on during this cold season. Here are ways that the cold weather can affect one’s hearing:

Increased Risk Of Ear Infections

When it gets chilly, it is important to keep your throat, neck and ears warm and protected. During the winter season, the temperature decreases your ear circulation leading to swollen glands and the disability to drain fluid. When the fluid is just sitting in the canal, this is where the risk of ear infection comes in. If ear infections get worse, it will greatly lead to hearing loss in the long run.

Hardened Ear Wax

One of the common causes of hearing loss is too much ear wax in the canal. Sometimes cotton swabs cannot be relied on because they usually push the ear wax further in. This is a common practice which most don’t know causes more harm than help, especially in the colder months.

When the weather gets chilly, your ear wax hardens and results to blockages. It leads to dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, which is ringing in the ears, or further ear infections. The ears of people with hearing aids produce more wax because of the presence of the foreign object.

The greater buildup of wax causes higher chances of hardening. Before the winter season comes to town, make sure to have your ears professionally cleaned.

Surfer’s Ear

Commonly known as exostosis, it is an abnormal growth forming in the ear canal leading to ringing in the ears also commonly known as tinnitus. It is also known as “surfer’s ear” because it’s a common experience among surfers when exposed to cold water.

Get the help of surgery to remove the excess growth. When going outdoors in the winter, wear your earmuffs, headband or hat to prevent this.

Technical Problems With Hearing Aids

When you’re wearing hearing aids, it’s increasingly important for you to keep your arms warm and covered. One common problem is cold weather reduces battery life quickly, increasing your cost on powering your hearing aid. It also makes traveling even short distances a hassle. When the weather is too cold for a scarf or earmuffs to keep your ears warm, it’s best to stay indoors.

When the environment of your hearing aid batteries constantly change in temperature, it’s prone to melting. It then can causes electrical issues and such which are dangerous to the individual wearing them and also causes great damage to your hearing aids.

Whether you currently have hearing loss or not, it’s every person’s responsibility to look after their own health during this season. For more tips on protecting your hearing, call Beltone DFW at (888) 958-8432.