How Swimmer’s Ear Can Cause Temporary Hearing Loss

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Caring for your ears entail discipline. You’ll have to avoid exposing your ears to excessively loud noises, and this may mean a slight change of lifestyle. Frequent partygoers should lessen trips to clubs or bars, and start considering kickbacks in someone’s home where the volume can be managed to reasonable levels.

However, roaring sounds aren’t the only things that may be damaging to your hearing health. Ears can be prone to infections, too, and we should prevent these from happening in such a complex body system.

What Is Swimmer’s Ear?

As it suggests, this hearing problem involves exposure to water but contrary to its name, it’s not exclusive to swimmers. Anyone is capable of developing this. Kids, especially, have higher chances of acquiring this infection.

Swimmer’s ear is water or any liquid trapped within the ear canal. This creates an environment favorable for bacteria to proliferate and multiply, resulting in a infection. It then creates an inflammation which obstructs sound from entering. The reason why children are much more susceptible to this is because of their small ear canals which are more likely to prevent substances from making their way back out.

Is this threat exclusive to when you go out swimming? No, you may actually risk getting this whenever you’re submerged in or soaked with water such as taking a bath. Always take care not to let water get in yours. If it does, be sure it all flows out. Otherwise, a humid atmosphere would increase moisture within your ears’ passageway. Bacteria loves moisture.

Majority of cases happen when the head is submerged in water so there’s no cause for alarm whenever you’re having a shower at home but always observe these tips for proper hearing care.

The Cure

This is quite easy to treat, actually. Visit a healthcare professional and they will usually prescribe you with antibiotic drops. Within a little more than a week, you’ll be back to normal. Make sure to deal with this immediately, because aside from the pain, this may turn into something more severe if you leave this untreated for a long time. Also, don’t expect to be able to dive into another body of water within a few weeks.

While we won’t recommend you from totally withdrawing from any swimming activity as that would be just silly, we would highly advise you to wear the necessary protective gears when doing so to prevent this from happening. Cheap ear plugs made for this are available on the market.

Make sure you purchase these and make use of it. While you can’t actually be totally immune to risks if you want to enjoy life, be smart and you can always lower its chances of happening. It usually takes simple practices that hardly inconvenience you anyway.

If you’re a diver or a beach lover, hearing health should be a priority for you because your ears experience greater exposure to water for longer periods than the average person. Maintain a routine of regular checkups with an expert. Call us at Beltone Audiology at (888) 210-5846 for an appointment.