Cold winter weather can be harsh and chill us to the bone. It also can do a number on your ears and hearing if you aren’t careful. When you bundle up and protect yourself from the cold weather, don’t forget about protecting your hearing too. Here are 5 ways to protect your hearing in cold weather.
- Wear something to keep your ears warm. This can be a hat, earmuffs, ski gear, a headband, etc. Or use any combination of these items. Make sure that they are winter weather rated and protect your ears from not only the cold, but wind, and moisture too.
- Keep your ears dry, especially when switching from one extreme temperature to another. Condensation can form in your ears when you go from cold conditions outside to warm and cozy inside. This can be a breeding ground for ear infections.
- If you do get an ear infection, seek medical attention right away. Untreated ear infections can worsen and even cause damage in some cases.
- Over-the-counter hearing protection products such as soft foam plugs can be used to help block out painful winds. We caution against inserting anything other than products designated for your ears, as this can cause inflammation and other issues rather than preventing any problem.
- Don’t use hot water to warm up your ears if they get cold. Just keep your hat or earmuffs on to warm them up or even try massaging them.
Protecting Your Hearing Aids from the Cold
If you wear hearing aids, we have some additional tips to help keep your hearing aids safe. Plus, when your hearing aids are working properly, then you are hearing at your best. Remember, the first 5 tips above apply whether you wear hearing aids or not. Hearing aids don’t exempt you from protecting your ears from the cold. Here are 5 tips for protecting your hearing aids from the cold weather.
- Keep a spare battery with you and do not let your batteries get exposed to the cold, it can cause them to stop working.
- If your hearing aids do get cold, never put them on or in a heater.
- Hearing aids can become damaged when condensation forms from going in and out of the cold into a heated place.
- Leave your hearing aids open to dry each night so that they can air out any moisture that accumulated during the day.
- Invest in a hearing aid dryer if condensation is a problem for you where you live.
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