How to Keep Your Ears Healthy in Hot Weather

How to Keep Your Ears Healthy in Hot Weather

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.
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As the summer heat intensifies, it’s important to take care of our bodies, including our ears.  They can be susceptible to various issues during hot weather. From swimmer’s ear to allergies, we need to be mindful of maintaining optimal ear health in hot weather.

Protect Your Ears from Excessive Moisture

Increased humidity and more water-related activities can put your ears at risk of developing swimmer’s ear, an infection of the outer ear canal. To prevent this condition, consider wearing swimming earplugs or a swim cap to keep the water out of your ears while taking a dip. After swimming or showering, make sure to gently dry your ears with a clean, dry towel, tilting your head to each side to assist the drying process.

Maintain a Clean and Dry Environment

A damp and warm environment can provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, leading to ear infections and discomfort. Use a hairdryer on the lowest setting with a cool setting to gently dry your ears and hair after swimming or showering. You can also use a dehumidifier in your home to remove excess moisture from the air.

Address Allergies

Hot weather often exacerbates allergies, which can have an impact on your ears. Allergic reactions can cause inflammation in the middle ear, leading to symptoms such as earaches, itching, and temporary hearing loss. To manage allergies, consult with an allergist to determine the source of your allergies and develop an appropriate treatment plan. This may involve antihistamines, nasal sprays, or other allergy medications. If you notice any allergic reaction or infection in the ears, seek medical support right away.

Protect Your Ears from Loud Noises

Summertime often comes with outdoor concerts, fireworks, and other loud events. Prolonged exposure to loud noises can damage your hearing and lead to tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or even permanent hearing loss. Invest in a pair of quality earplugs to protect your ears during these events. Look for earplugs designed specifically for musicians or filtered earplugs that reduce noise levels while preserving sound quality.

Prevent Excessive Earwax Buildup

Hot weather can cause excessive sweating, which can lead to increased earwax production. Excessive earwax can cause discomfort, temporary hearing loss, or even create a blockage in the ear canal. Avoid using cotton swabs to clean your ears, as they can push earwax deeper into the canal. Instead, consult with a healthcare professional to safely remove excess earwax or discuss preventive measures, such as the use of earwax softening drops.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can have an impact on your overall health, including your ears. Adequate hydration helps maintain the proper functioning of the Eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear to the back of the throat, helping equalize pressure. When dehydrated, the Eustachian tube may not function optimally, leading to discomfort, pressure changes, and potential complications. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, especially in hot weather.

Wear Protective Headgear

Participating in outdoor activities, such as biking or rollerblading, can increase the risk of head injuries that may affect your ears. Always wear a properly fitting helmet to protect your head and ears from potential injuries. Helmets provide an additional layer of protection against concussions and other trauma, reducing the risk of hearing loss or other ear-related issues.

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Maintaining your ear health during hot weather is important for your overall well-being and enjoyment of the summer season. By following these tips, you can protect your ears from excessive moisture, manage allergies, prevent excessive earwax buildup, and avoid potential to your ears.

If you have any concerns about your ear health or your hearing, don’t hesitate to contact us for more support. It’s always recommended to consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have any concerns.

We’ll take steps to help you keep your ears healthy and address any signs of hearing loss. Our comprehensive hearing services include hearing tests, hearing aids, earwax removal, and custom hearing protection. Visit us for more tips for a safe and enjoyable summer season.