Winter is coming, which means it is time to take a few extra precautions to protect your health. Ears in particular are very sensitive to cold weather and winter winds due to them having less fatty tissue for protection. Long exposer to cold weather may cause various issues.
Cold temperatures decrease blood circulation in the ears which increases your risk of an ear infection.If you are exposed to cold conditions for a long period of time it is best to keep your ears warm with hats, earmuffs, or another type of protective head gear.
Ears exposured to extreme cold temperatures and winds are also at risk of exostosis, commonly known as surfer’s ear. A combination of cold and wet environments causes an abnormal bone outgrowth inside of the ear canal. Left untreated may cause pain and can lead to complete hearing loss.
Individuals wearing hearing aids also need to take precautions in the winter months to protect their devices. The condensation and low temperatures can impact the battery life of hearing aids and cause damage.
How Can you Protect your Ears this winter:
- Avoid long exposure in cold weather
- Wear protective head gear; hats, earmuffs, ear plugs
- Dry your ears well when exposed to water
- Visit your ENT doctor if you feel you are at risk for any of these issues.