As we enter the autumn season, the weather starts to turn. For most of us it begins to get cooler and the need for additional clothing is needed. But, did you know the change in season could also affect your hearing and hearing aids? It is true, especially as it grows colder.
When the temperature drops many people may begin to experience what is called a bony Exostosis growth or commonly known as “Swimmer’s Ear”. With this condition an abnormal growth of bone forms within the ear canal over the existing bone, similar to a bone spur. This thickening occurs as the body tries to provide a protective barrier to cold water and wind. Unfortunately though, this extra growth can interfere with the reception of sounds as well as the ear’s ability to produce or expel wax.
As excessive wax buildup develops or extra water becomes trapped due to the growth, there is an increased risk of developing an infection within the ear. It can lead to pain, create ringing (also known as Tinnitus) and even cause additional hearing loss.
As this is most frequent among swimmers and surfers due to their exposure to the cold water, it can also affect those who do not adequately protect their ears in the cold and wet weather. That means, don’t forget your earmuffs, scarves and hats!
Change in seasons also brings change in barometric pressure. When the pressure drops, the outside air pressure begins to drop faster than the pressure in your ears can acclimate. This can result in your ears beginning to pop due to the pressure imbalance and may even result in a fluid build-up in your middle ear over time if left untreated.
While your ears are taking a hit from the colder weather, hearing aids can also be affected with the change of seasons. That’s because colder weather can impact hearing aid functions such as battery life. Like with other devices, hearing aid batteries don’t keep a charge for as long a time compared to warmer weather.
Don’t neglect your ears and hearing during the change in season, especially as we get into the colder ones. If you have any concerns or questions for managing cold weather hearing symptoms, contact us today.