Although without rushing, the cold begins to set in. We are at the doors of winter and it’s time to update basic tips to protect our ears of low temperatures, which, in addition, can also cause problems for users of earphones. In the case of the ears, the otitis is the main threat. For hearing aids, the biggest risk is the buildup of wax in the ear canals and humidity.
Winter is synonymous with colds and coldswhich are the red carpet and entrance door for the otitis. Children are undoubtedly the most vulnerable, since They usually have between 6 or 7 colds each winter, especially those who go to daycare centers.
The so-called otitis media appears when colds persist. The doctor Juan Royo, from the hearing health community Living Soundexplains the origin of this complication: “Nasal mucus remains in the ducts that connect the nose with the ear (Eustachian tubes), which facilitates infection of the middle ear cavities, usually causing a lot of pain.” And although a simple cold can be treated without antibiotics and with nasal cleansing with serum, aspiration of mucus and antipyretics and analgesics, otitis may require specific treatment for 10 or 15 days. However, it is recommended to wait a day or two in case the inflammation subsides, and with it the pain.
To prevent otitis, the first step is indicated by common sense: wrap good with caps, scarves or earmuffs. And in the case of children, perform nasal washes to clear this pathway, which is responsible for warming and humidifying cold air in winter.
Caring for hearing aids
Hearing aid users must also take into account different tips to achieve good maintenance and cleaning of these devices in winter.
- Covering yourself with a scarf or earmuffs also helps when the weather is severe, as we prevent the hearing aid from being exposed to sudden changes in temperature.
- The biggest mucus which occurs in winter also affects a greater presence of earwax. In these cases it is recommended to use the Anti-wax wire which is delivered with the cleaning kits of UMusic. This prevents excessive wax buildup from preventing the correct output of the amplified sound from the hearing aids. It is important to use this wire carefully and without pressing inwards.
- The hearing aids should be prevented from getting wet or exposed to excess moisture. Therefore, they must be protected from rain and stored in a case when not in use.
The maintenance and cleaning of hearing aids may vary depending on whether they are behind-the-ear or intracanal. either RICas you can see in the instructions present on the UMusic website.