Get ready to trade your surfboards for snowboards. The weather is changing and winter is quickly approaching. Not only should you protect your skin from the cold climate during the winter months, but you should also safeguard your ears. Your hearing is more at risk during the winter months, potentially causing a need for hearing restoration. Here are some of our tips that will help you shield your ears from damage this winter.
Wear Cold-Weather Ear Protection
Keeping your ears warm in the cold weather is key to protecting your ears this winter. Adorn your ears with earmuffs, hats and scarves. They double up as amazing fashion accessories that also protect your ears from the harsh cold of winter. The more you expose your ear to harsh weather conditions, the more likely you are to get exostosis. This is a condition that can cause abnormal bone growths that show up on the bone surrounding the ear canal, potentially blocking the ear and increasing your risk of infection due to trapped fluid. For this reason, it is important that you keep your ears warm and dry during the cold months. The best way to do that is by wearing earmuffs, hats and wrapping scarves in ways that protect your ears.
Increase Your Hearing Protection
This tip is especially for those that live in areas where using a snowblower and other loud outdoor snow machinery. Keep in mind that snow blowers can easily cause noise-induced hearing loss as they can reach noise levels over 100 decibels. It is understandable that removing snow is a part of your daily life, so if you plan to use a snowblower or any other type of loud machinery make sure that you use it over short bursts of time while you wear the proper ear protection. This includes things like earplugs or earmuffs with very high noise reduction rating. For those that wear hearing aids, it may be best to keep your hearing aids inside while you use the snowblower to avoid possible moisture exposure.
Clean Your Ears Properly
You must know how to properly clean your ears and follow those methods during the winter months to protect your ears from the cold weather. The proper way to clean your ears is to use a warm cloth that is also soft. Apply it to your ear after you get out the shower instead of using cotton swabs. If you clean your ears incorrectly, you could push ear wax further into your ear, causing potential damage to the eardrum or an infection.
Protect Your Hearing Aids, Too
A part of protecting your hearing is also protecting your hearing aids if you have them. If temperatures are too cold, hearing aids and their batteries may not work. With this in mind, it is recommended that you do not leave your hearing aids in your cold car or near any windows. Another protip is to keep your hearing aids away from the moisture of any kind. You can use a dehumidifier to take care of any excess moisture overnight.