Monday, June 1, 2015

Water in your ear?

What's that?
Water in your ear?
You can't get the water out of your ear?

There have been record rain falls (statewide average of 7.54 inches) in Texas this year, so there are more people who have been exposed to high water as well as flooding, not to mention water in your ears.

The best action to take is obviously to avoid getting water in your ear canal. 

The recent flooding and now the start of the Hurricane season with the dawn of summer time swimming… water sports… there's a pretty good chance you'll want to know what to do if you get water in your ear and share these symptoms (Swimmer's Ear / Otitis Externa):

  • Redness and swelling of the outer ear and ear canal
  • Pain when you touch your ear
  • Drainage from the ear canal
  • Itchiness inside the ear

You may have some hearing loss if your ear is swollen or draining. This hearing loss usually goes away after the infection is gone.

One of the best ways to avoid an infection is to wear earplugs if you swim a lot. Your audiologist can make molds that fit your ears. You can also use a swim cap to keep your ears dry.

Other ways to keep your ear canal dry include: 

  • Tilt your head to drain water from your ears. Pull on your earlobe to straighten out your ear canal and let the water out.
  • Try using a hair dryer on low and hold it several inches from your ear until your ears feel dry.

What should I do if I think I have swimmer's ear?

Swimmer's ear can be treated, so contact your doctor or ENT right away. If you still have hearing problems after treatment, have your hearing tested by an audiologist.

Hearing is a critical element of your communication, enjoyment, and safety. Achieve hearing offers custom made earmold products are designed to protect your hearing from the getting water in your ear.  Our custom earplugs can help protect your ears while swimming and keep the water out of your middle ear space. All of our ear plugs are comfortable to wear.  Call Achieve Hearing & Rehabilitation today 972-608-0416

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