How to keep your ears healthy when swimming!

Swimmer’s ear can be painful and even lead to temporary hearing loss, but it can be treated and prevented.

Swimmer’s ear is developed when water gets trapped in the inner ear. To prevent this condition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you do the following:

  • DO keep your ears as dry as possible by using a bathing cap, ear plugs, or custom-fitted swim molds when swimming
  • DO dry your ears thoroughly after showering or swimming by using a towel and gravity to let water drain out
  • DON’T put small objects in the ear canal, including cotton swabs, paper clips, or fingers
  • DON’T try to remove earwax. Earwax actually helps keep your ears clean and protect the ear canal from infection.

If you wear hearing aids, the moisture this time of year can be especially tricky. It’s important to keep hearing aids dry, as moisture can cause problems with microphones, receivers, and even battery contact points.

If you have questions about keeping your ears or hearing aids clean and dry, then contact Sound Hearing Care for an appointment today! With 4 convenient hearing treatment locations including Simpsonville, Greer, Travelers Rest, and Greenville, Sound Hearing Care is sure to have a convenient location near you or your loved one!