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CRAIG KASPER, CHIEF AU­DI­OL­O­GIST AT NEW YORK HEAR­ING DOC­TORS, SHARES FOUR OTHER FAC­TORS BE­HIND MUF­FLED HEAR­ING

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - HEALTH -

Ear Wax

You need some wax to lu­bri­cate and pro­tect the tis­sue in your ear, but a wax build-up can block the canal and cause tem­po­rary hear­ing loss. Leave re­moval to a doc­tor – cot­ton swabs just push wax fur­ther in.

Al­ler­gies

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 cold­wa­ter swim­mers are prone to ex­os­toses – 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 whether 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 a doc­tor.

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