sound bar­ri­ers

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Move -

Craig Kasper, chief au­di­ol­o­gist at New York Hear­ing Doc­tors, shares four other fac­tors be­hind muf­fled hear­ing.

ear wax

You need some wax to lu­bri­cate and pro­tect the tis­sue in your ear, but a wax buildup can block the canal and cause tem­po­rary hear­ing loss. Leave re­moval to a doc­tor; cot­ton swabs just push wax far­ther in.


They can cause con­ges­tion in the tube that links your nose to the mid­dle of your ears, which can lead to tem­po­rary hear­ing strug­gles un­til the path­ways clear.

cold wa­ter

Love catch­ing waves? Surfers and other cold-wa­ter swimmers are prone to some­thing called ex­os­toses, or small bony growths in the ear canal that de­velop slowly over time and can pre­vent sound from get­ting in. Docs aren’t sure why this hap­pens, but an au­di­ol­o­gist will de­ter­mine if you need surgery to re­move them.

perforated Drums

Changes in air pres­sure (ex­pe­ri­enced when fly­ing or div­ing), very loud noises, and pok­ing things in your ear can rup­ture a hole in your eardrum (ouch!). This of­ten heals on its own—but if you no­tice long-term changes in your hear­ing, see your doc­tor.

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