It’s not just advancing age and noise exposure that can impact the health of your ears, but also cold weather. We review tips below to help you keep your ears healthy and safe this winter in Washington.
Because the outer ear is comprised mostly of cartilage, it has minimal fat to insulate it against cold weather. This causes the blood vessels in the ear to constrict in order to stay warm. This can leave you vulnerable not only to discomfort but also to frostbite and infection.
To prevent this, we recommend wearing earmuffs you can pick up at T.J. Maxx in Woodinville Plaza.
Whether from a shower, venturing out in the rain or going for a swim, it’s important to prevent moisture from becoming trapped in the ear canal, as this puts you at risk of an outer ear infection known as otitis externa and exostoses.
When you can, wear a rain jacket with a hood, or wear waterproof earplugs if you’re going to submerge yourself. If you do get water in your ears, dry it out with a towel or run a hairdryer on the lowest, coolest setting aimed at your ear. Never use Q-tips to try to remove water from the ears.
Protect Your Hearing Aids
Not only are your ears vulnerable when it comes to cold, damp weather, but so are your hearing aids. Cold weather can impact your battery life, while moisture is the number one threat to hearing aids.
To protect your hearing aids from cold weather, try to stay in as much as possible when it’s cold out. If you have to go out, this is where earmuffs come in.
If it’s raining or snowing, wear a rain jacket with a hood or use an umbrella. When you participate in water activities, from the bathtub to the pool, take them out. If your hearing aids do get wet, put them in a dehumidifier overnight to dry out.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an ear expert, call Hearing Advancement Center today.