Hidden Hearing Issue Advice on Swimmers Ear as Summer Approaches

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Experts in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have issued advice on the symptoms and causes of swimmers ear as the holiday season approaches.

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Trying to scratch inside the ear can cause the fragile skin of the canal to break down, allowing exposure to infection.

Around 10% of the population will be affected by Otitis Externa (Swimmer’s Ear) at some point in their lives, according to the NHS. With repeated exposure to water increasing the risk of contracting the condition, and the summer months meaning more people are preparing to hit the pool, Hidden Hearing has issued advice and information to its customers.

Hidden Hearing explains:

  •     Otitis Externa causes redness and swelling in the external ear canal, which is the tube between the outer ear and eardrum. It’s referred to as swimmer’s ear as repeated exposure to water can make the ear more susceptible to inflammation and infection.
  •     Water clears earwax out of the external ear canal, which can make it itchy. Trying to scratch inside the ear can cause the fragile skin of the canal to break down, allowing exposure to infection. Water also creates a moist environment that encourages bacteria to grow.
  •     Symptoms can include ear pain that ranges from moderate to severe, discharge of liquid or pus from the ear and a degree of temporary hearing loss. It will usually only occur in one ear.
  •     With treatment, symptoms will usually clear within two to three days, but in some cases they can persist for several months which is known as chronic Otitis Externa. Painkillers and eardrops are usually prescribed for the condition, but in extreme cases antibiotics may be prescribed.
  •     It is recommended to wear a swimmers hat to cover the ears and protect them from water when swimming. It is also important to make sure ear canals are clear of water after swimming, bathing and showering.

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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