The Effects Spring Can Have On Your Ears And Hearing
Springtime brings the onset of allergies, which manifest themselves in various ways, such as sneezing, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and even ear infections or hearing loss. Yes, it’s true. Spring allergies can affect your hearing. This article aims to shed light on the reasons behind these symptoms and provide helpful tips on preventing and managing them so that you can take good care of your ears and hearing during this season.
Symptoms of Spring Allergies
As the weather gets nicer, plants start to bloom, which can trigger allergies for some people. Spring allergies are a common reaction where the body becomes hypersensitive to external substances, leading to upper respiratory symptoms.
Spring allergies can cause a range of symptoms, including itchy and watery eyes, an itchy nose, sneezing, a runny nose, nasal congestion, asthma attacks in younger and older people, otitis (ear infection), and hearing loss.
How Spring Allergies Affect Your Hearing
Spring allergies can significantly impact the respiratory tract, leading to imbalanced pressure in the ears. This occurs when the Eustachian tube lining becomes inflamed, causing its diameter to reduce and affecting middle ear ventilation. Consequently, mucus builds up in the middle ear, blocking the ears and potentially causing hearing reduction, infections, or ear damage. Children are more vulnerable because their Eustachian tubes are less developed. According to GAES hearing aid specialists, 50% of the population experiences ear infections due to spring allergies.
To minimize allergy symptoms during the spring and prevent ear infections or hearing loss, follow these practical tips:
– Take care of your ear canal and maintain good oral hygiene.
– Avoid going outside at dawn and dusk, especially in gardens and parks when the pollen count is highest.
– Check pollen websites daily to see the current count for different types of pollen in cities and locations.
– If you use a hearing aid, protect it from moisture, humidity, and exposure to high temperatures, as pollen can block and damage it in these conditions.
– See an ENT specialist if you experience pain, discomfort, buzzing, hearing loss, or dizziness in your ear.
– Avoid sudden temperature changes and overusing air conditioning. Check the air conditioning filter in your car or home regularly.
– After airing out your house for ten minutes daily, keep the windows closed to prevent pollen and dust from building up.
– Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and avoid breathing in pollen-heavy air.