Dear Lipreading Mom,
After months of teaching my young daughter how to “doggy paddle,”
she finally swam the pool’s deep end. Alone. Not long after this momentous
occasion, one of my other children (who will remain nameless) splashed water
into my right ear. Hours later, that ear still hurts.
Hearing aids are useless when I have swimmer’s ear because the fluid makes
hearing difficult in that one ear. My question is: How do you cope with fluid in your ears—either from swimmer’s ear or an infection—and the struggle to hear even with hearing aids? How do you listen to those around you when your hearing is comprised even more than usual? Please post your comments below. I am all ears to your suggestions.
Living with an Ear Ache
I can so feel your pain because they happened to me. In fact, I am the writer of this letter---Living with an Ear Ache.
Readers, the above letter was originally posted on my blog LipreadingMom.com last summer when water became lodged in my ears. Several readers shared tips with me. I will include a few of them here...
1) Use ear plugs, and keep your hearing aids clean. A reader named Debbie writes: "A way to prevent swimmer’s ear is to wear swim plugs. Once you have a hearing infection, it is essential to keep hearing aids free from bacteria. No antiseptic wipes as the alcohol in them can cause eczema. Like nappy rash, the best thing is to keep the area open to the air. That means no hearing-aids for 24 hours, if you can last that long."
2) Be careful with putting anything in your ear---especially if you have ear tubes. "That over the counter 'Swimmer’s Ear' product should not go into a person’s ear if they have a tube in the ear," shares a reader named Terri. "Just letting you know because a friend recommended it for my son. I asked the doctor, and he said no because it has a chemical in the solution that will burn the inside of ear, as the tube is directly set into ear to drain fluid out. My son has to have a prescription to put in the ear with the tube after swimming."
3) Find an alternative way to communicate when your ears can't hear well. "When I have an ear infection or swimmer's ear, it's easy for me to still communicate. I just use sign language with my family," writes a reader named Ash.
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Shanna Groves was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss after the birth of her first child. She was 27. Raised in a hearing family, Shanna traces her hearing loss to a genetic loss on the paternal side of her family. She is mom to three young children, a published author, and speaker. Her books are featured at www.ShannaGroves.com. Shanna blogs about being a hard of hearing mom at http://LipreadingMom.com.