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Winter health tips for your ears

Posted on Jun 16, 2015

With winter well and truly arrived, it's time for everyone to take precautions to keep themselves healthy during the chilly season. But it turns out that wrapping up warm isn't just helpful for people looking to not catch a cold, it can also help keep your hearing on form. 

Here are a few ideas to help you through the winter months:

If you're flying with a cold or sinus infection

Hopping on a plane in winter with a nasty cold or sinus infection will not only involve a lot of possible sniffing, it can cause you significant ear pain – especially if you have a pre-existing infection to accompany your illness. 

Mayo Clinic strongly recommends reevaluating your need for travel.

"If possible, don't fly when you have a cold, sinus infection, nasal congestion or ear infection. If you've recently had ear surgery, talk to your doctor about when it's safe to travel."1

Keep your hearing aids in good condition 

More extreme bouts of cold weather can potentially wreak havoc with your hearing device if you aren't careful.

Fortunately, Australia isn't prone to the same average temperature lows in winter as some other countries, but it's worthwhile taking precautions to prolong the life of your hearing aid batteries. 

Captel advises to always keep spare batteries on hand, and to watch out for the rain – like any technological devices, hearing aids aren't best suited to damp conditions2. You can prevent the batteries from getting too cold by wrapping up with a beanie or scarf.

If you're interested in learning more about preserving your hearing , click here or call 1800 340 631 to book a FREE check-up with your local HEARINGLife clinic.

1Mayo Clinic, Airplane ear prevention. Accessed June 12, 2015. Available here

2Captel, Protect your hearing aids during the winter months. Accessed June 8, 2015. Available here.

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