The weather can be brilliantly balmy and summy or gloomy, cold, and sleepy. Maryland has a wide range of weather patterns, even in the relatively temperate Mid-Atlantic region. Even so, the changing seasons can bring about changes to your hearing health if you are not careful. Can weather affect your hearing? It actually can.
Spring’s Barometric Pressure Drop
In the spring, the air pressure drops. When it does, the outside atmospheric pressure might decrease at a greater rate than the pressure within your ears. If your ears’ pressure does not change at the same time as the atmosphere’s, you could experience popping ears and possibly fluid buildup in the inner ear.
Spring Allergies and Stuffy Ears
Spring allergies don’t just affect your eyes, nose, and throat. It impacts your ears as well. Your throat and inner ears connect through the Eustachian tubes; there is one for each ear. They help to regulate pressure within the ears. When you have respiratory issues and inflammation, your Eustachian tubes could partially close, causing ear pressure or pain.
Summer Swimmer’s Ear
Do you swim in cold water in the summer a lot? Be careful to keep yourself from getting the swimmer’s ear. When the ears undergo exposure to the cold, they might develop bone growth inside in an attempt to insulate the ear. This extra bone growth can interfere with normal hearing.
Maryland summers are notably humid, which can cause moisture to build up inside the ear and in hearing aids. If you wear hearing aids, take precautions to keep your aids as dry as possible day and night. Letting them dry in the open at night in a cool room is a great way to care for them.
Winter’s “Swimmer’s Ear”
In the winter, you can also develop “swimmer’s ear.” It is easy to prevent this condition, though, by wearing protective, warm clothing on cold days. A hat that covers the ears or ear muffs are simple solutions.
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
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