Tips For Ear Care In The Summer

Have your primary care provider check your ears during your annual wellness exam. He or she can determine whether you should consult an otolaryngologist or audiologist for further examination. If left untreated, hearing loss has been linked to other health problems, such as depression and dementia. If you experience earache or notice a change in your hearing, contact your PCP as soon as possible. Excess fluid can allow bacteria to enter the ear canal and attack. This can cause swimmer’s ear or other types of ear infections, which can be dangerous to your hearing ability.

At the same time, if you get a cold or flu, make sure you treat it right away. If you develop an ear infection or don’t seem to be able to fight your cold, make an appointment with your doctor. Frequent use of painkillers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. This is because these types of drugs are classified as ototoxic, meaning that over time they literally poison your ears. While using painkillers to help when you feel sick is fine, taking medication every day can cause permanent damage to your ears.

To make sure your ears are clean, simply wash the visible parts of the ear with soap and water. To avoid irritation of the ear canal, do not immerse your ears in bath water. You’ve probably seen the news articles and posts on the website regarding cotton swabs and how they shouldn’t be used to remove earwax from your ear canal. That’s good advice when it comes to what not to do, but what if you feel like your ears need a little help every now and then?

The answer is yes, and it goes back to having clogged ears. When earwax accumulates against the eardrum, it changes the pressure in the ear so that it can’t hear as well. Tinnitus is a specific type of hearing problem and it is very likely that you have had it at some point in your life.

But if you have tinnitus, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have too much earwax. Tinnitus can also be caused by damage to the auditory nerve, medications, noisy events such as a Viking game and infections. All this extra earwax is why some people can’t hear after cleaning their ears with a Q-tip. I see a lot of people complaining about hearing problems. When I look into their ears and see that it was full from the channel to the drum, the first question I ask is if they use Q tips.