Summertime, take care of your ears

Summer: A good time to take care of your ears!

Swimming, sports, outings… even if it’s summer, your ears don’t go on vacation! Since they’re constantly on the job, we have a few simple tips to help you care for your ears this time of year.

Here are five ways you can take care of your hearing health in summer:

1.    Dry your ears after every swim

While swimming in pools, lakes and the ocean is refreshing, did you know that it could cause problems for your ears?

Use a soft, clean towel to gently dry your outer ears after every time you go swimming. Or try slightly tipping your head to the side so the water comes out naturally.

And most importantly, make sure you don’t let any stagnant water get into your ears!

2. Take a few precautions during water activities

If you love being in the water during summer, don’t forget to take some precautions to protect your ears.

Diving quickly into the water can damage your ears, so try to avoid it. When you do dive, keep your mouth closed and don’t block your ears—that causes excessive pressure on your ears and can lead to injury.

3. Steer clear of loud noises

While outdoor concerts, festivals and fireworks are the stuff of summer, they can also be much too loud.

To protect your precious ears, stay away from where the sound is loudest, or wear ear protection. Then you can enjoy the music without the unpleasant ringing in your ears the next day!

4. Protect your ears from the wind

Strong wind while you’re out boating or hiking on a mountain can be bad for your ears.

Bring along a hat or a windbreaker with a hood so you can cover your ears to protect your ear canals from the wind.

You won’t regret it!

5. Give your ears some peace

With all the lively conversations, the sound of the waves and summertime music, your ears are constantly solicited to work, even on vacation!

Take a few minutes every day to get away from the background bustle and let your ears recharge in restful moments of silence and calm.

Summer is also the perfect time to make an appointment with your health professional for a hearing screening. It’s the ideal opportunity to make sure your ears are in good health and to detect any potential hearing problems before they get worse.

Don’t forget: Taking care of your ears is just as important as taking care of your eyesight or your cardiovascular health!