STODDARD COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The Perry County Memorial Hospital offers tips to protect your ears this summer.
Audiologist Becky Donnelly of PCMH says one of the issues is water. She says water left in the ears for a long period of time can cause Otitis Externa, also known as Swimmer's Ear, which can lead to painful ear infections.
“Most chlorinated water is okay to swim in without a great risk for an infection,” said Donnelly. “However, any non-chlorinated water is a breeding ground for several types of bacteria and the ear canal is a perfectly warm, dark environment to establish a little home.”
Donnelly says hearing aids are also at risk because of the humidity and sweating.