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Protecting Your Ears For The Winter Months

If you live in Canada, you know how cold it can get during the winter months. Many people will make sure they grab their winter coats and boats but often forget about wearing a hat to protect their ears against the cold. Wearing a hat isn’t everything you can do to help your ears stay healthy and warm over the winter months. Let’s discover how the winter affects your ears, how to protect them, and what to look out for hearing damage.

How Winter Affects Your Ears

The outer ears are mainly made up of cartilage and do not contain much fat; in addition, your body sends blood to your vital organs to help keep them warm, so your ears can become cold quickly. An ear infection or other ear problem may result from this. The cold can make physical changes to the eardrum and external auditory canal, resulting in pain, ringing in the ears, and sometimes even hearing loss.

Not only the cold can harm your ears, but also loud noises. With winter comes a lot of snow, and a lot of people now use snowblowers to get the job done faster. These snowblowers can be loud, hurting your hearing and even leading to hearing loss.

Tips To Protect Your Ears

Proper Ear Protection

Making sure you grab a warm fuzzy hat before leaving the house in the cold weather will help make sure your ears stay dry and warm when it’s time to pull that snowblower out; wear ear protection like earmuffs to protect your ears from the cold and damaging noise.

Keep Your Ears Clean

With the cold months, your ears will sometimes produce more earwax than normal, and cleaning your ears properly will help protect against buildup in your ear canals. Use a soft cloth that is damp to remove the wax from your ear. Avoid using a q-tip as it can push wax even deeper and even damage your eardrums.  If the wax is too deep to reach, consult your doctor.

Don’t Forget About Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing aids are sensitive to the cold and can shorten their lifespan, so if you want to protect your hearing aids, make sure that you get a hat or earmuffs that cover your hearing aids to prevent moisture from getting it.

Signs Of Hearing Damage

When it comes to hearing damage, it can vary how it happens. Sometimes it will start happening slowly or come all at once. It’s handy to know the signs of impacted hearing so you can get help.

  1. You may notice that speech and other sounds sound muffled.
  2. You hear ringing in your ears.
  3. Asking people to speak up or turning the volume up on TV or Radio.
  4. Hard time following conversations.

If you suspect you may have hearing damage or are experiencing hearing problems, you should speak with an expert as soon as possible.

Give us a call at 705-792-9494 or contact us online to learn more about the services we provide at Sharpe Hearing Clinic.

Sharpe Hearing Clinic is registered with the Ministry of Health, Assistive Devices Program.
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