Following a few simple tips will prevent low temperatures and humidity from affecting your hearing health. Believe it or not, the season of the year influences your hearing well-being. Discomfort derived from colds, bronchitis, infections, otitis… they affect the elderly and children, preventing them from enjoying the sounds of these periods of the year. Therefore, we have prepared for you some brief guidelines that will help you prevent them:
Typically, ear pain is caused by direct stimulation of the nociceptive pathways (pain) - which are present at the level of the auricle, the ear canal and the tympanic membrane - by the cold. The ears are indeed very complex structures. Simplifying, the moving parts of the middle ear transmit sound, the fluids that circulate inside help maintain balance and the Eustachian tube connects these spaces with the nose, mouth and throat. The cold can make these structures more sensitive, modifying the differential pressure, with consequent sore throat and ear pain, a sense of muffling and even dizziness.
Although the temperature is still pleasant, autumn is usually a good season for colds. And with the catarrh come also the hearing problems, because the ear and the nose are linked by the Eustachian tubes. This explains that when we catch a cold, mucus passes through this tube and accumulates in the middle ear, which is the one located behind the eardrum, generating that feeling of plugging of the ears. This blockage can also cause an infection and turn into otitis. In this case, prevention is once again the best ally to avoid or minimize this common and annoying problem.
Hearing aid users also have to take into account different tips to achieve good maintenance and cleaning of these devices with the arrival of the cold.
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