During the colder months it’s important that we keep on top of our hearing health. Here we have 4 tips for taking care of your ears this winter...
Wrap up warm!
During the winter months it’s important that we keep warm to help our immune system fight off any potential colds or viruses.
When we do contract a cold or flu, our ears are more prone to infection. Bacteria or viruses travel to the middle ear and cause congestion of the eustachian tubes. Swollen eustachian tubes can then become blocked, causing fluids to build up in the ear. This fluid can become infected and cause the painful symptoms of an ear infection.
Left untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
Support your immune system.
As previously mentioned, colds and flus have the potential to lead to ear infections. To help counteract this it’s important that we keep our immune system healthy.
During the colder months make sure to invest in nutrients that support your immune system, such as Vitamin C, E, D, and zinc. Vitamins are renowned for their immune boosting capabilities and can be a great addition to a balanced diet.
In addition, increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption as well as reducing stress can also help to ensure a healthy immune system.
Speak to your doctor if you’d like to know more about the right nutrients for you to support your immune system.
Show your hearing aids some TLC
Hearing aids are built to withstand various temperatures however it is still a good idea to take extra care of them when it’s cold. Despite the durability of today’s hearing aids, extreme temperatures can potentially reduce battery life.
Condensation is also something we need to be aware of when taking care of our hearing devices. Moving from the cold into the warmth of your home can cause moisture to form and potentially damage your hearing aids.
While out and about make sure to wear something to cover your ears such as a hat or earmuffs to help protect your hearing aids.
When you return to the warmth open the battery compartment of your devices to air the hearing aids out. You can also leave your hearing aids out of their case overnight.
Keep your ears dry
Our hearing aids aren’t the only thing we should be keeping dry this winter. Rain and snow are common traits of the UK winter and when excessive moisture gets into out ears it can create the ideal environment for bacteria to thrive.
Once a day gently clean around the opening of the ear canal with a soft cloth, particularly after a shower or bath where you might’ve immersed your ear in water. Never use cotton buds to clean your ears as these can cause more harm than good to the delicate structures of your ear.
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