Whether you enjoy the crisp, cold air of winter or can’t stand the chill, for the next few months, love it or hate it, you’re going to have to deal with dropping temperatures. If you’ve got hearing loss that means you need to take extra care of your hearing aids. But even if you don’t have hearing loss, it is still a good idea to look out for your hearing this winter.
Stay on top of your hearing health and you can focus on enjoying the festivities this season instead of worrying about your hearing. To help you do just that, we’ve put together a few top tips:
Top tip #1: wrap up warm
This may seem obvious but you’d be surprised how many people forget to keep their ears nice and toasty.
If you wear hearing aids keeping them warm will help prevent condensation from the change in temperature when you switch from being outside to being inside. And condensation spells big trouble for the electrics inside your hearing aids.
If you don’t wear hearing aids, it still pays off to keep your ears warm with earmuffs or a hat. Winter often means winter sports, so if you’re heading off to colder climes to ski, snowboard or just take in the view, the extreme cold can affect the health of your ears. Persistent exposure to extreme cold can cause bony lumps to grow in your ear canal. This is your ear’s way of protecting itself from the cold but it can reduce your hearing and increase your chances of ear infections.
Top tip #2: stay healthy
Easier said than done of course but winter is the season of sniffles. A common cold can travel up into your ears and cause an ear infection. So to reduce your chances of catching a cold, wash your hands often and try to avoid people who have caught a cold already; that also means if you’re unfortunate enough to catch one yourself, it’s best to stay home and not spread it about.
Top tip #3: be a good traveller
If you’re off to visit family cross country over the festive period or are just in need of a vacation, you may be catching a flight. The change in altitude can cause your ears some discomfort but there are a few things you can do to keep that ache to a minimum. Take an over-the-counter decongestant the day before, the day of and the day after your flight. You can also take a pediatric-strength nasal spray just before you board and just before you begin the descent to land. Finally, when you’re in flight, chew some gum, it really does help ease the discomfort.
Top tip #4: dry out your hearing aids
That condensation we mentioned earlier, it can cause your hearing aids to stop working properly. So invest in a dehumidifying case for your hearing aids to help dry them out overnight when you’re not using them. Also, pop the batteries out and leave the battery case open, again to help dry out your hearing aids.
Follow these 4 top tips and this winter won’t be one of hearing ill health but instead will be filled with the wonderful sounds of the season.
If you are concerned about your hearing at any time of year, get in touch with Cornerstone Audiology and see one of our highly skilled audiologists. Click here to book your appointment now at any of our 3 centers across Texas.
Dr. Hubik is the owner and founder of one of West Texas’ most trusted and professional hearing providers, Cornerstone Audiology. She received her bachelor of science degree in communication disorders as well as her doctorate of audiology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). In her youth, Dr. Hubik became interested in helping people with hearing loss to communicate more effectively and therefore pursued a degree in this field. Dr. Hubik was born and raised in Anton, Texas and appreciates working with the people of West Texas. She and her team are proud to serve the hearing needs of their community.