A report by The American Lung Association states that the normal adult gets up to four colds every year. That’s a lot even if most colds are minor viral infections. Whether the virus attacks the sinuses, throat or respiratory system, it can cause ear congestion, and eventually, an infection in the ear.
There are a few symptoms of a cold you shouldn’t ignore even though colds are generally considered harmless. The link between the common cold and ear infections has finally been confirmed by scientists. This finding is significant, because ear infections are a major contributing variable in the troubling rise in antibiotic resistance.
You Should Never Ignore These Symptoms
Because your sinuses and ears are interconnected, it’s not unusual to feel stuffed up in your ears when you’re experiencing a cold. Typically, this feeling comes and goes, particularly if you’re taking a decongestant and your head is draining fluids. But congestion can turn into an ear infection in just a few hours. This is the reason why you should always seek expert assistance if you have any pain or abnormal discharge in your ear.
Pain is a sign that your cold is getting worse and can be an indication of inflammation or infection. You can avoid permanent damage, if caught early enough, by getting a prescription for antibiotics. It can lead to eardrum scaring and may harm the cilia if neglected.
How serious is this? Normally, cold related hearing loss is only temporary. Damage to your eardrum or cilia, however, can lead to permanent hearing loss…which can lead to other health issues.
Hearing Loss Can Harm Your General Health
Loss of cognitive capacity, depression, more accidents, and other health issues are connected to hearing loss. An increase in healthcare expenses has been associated with hearing loss by researchers recently. In fact, in only ten years, neglected hearing loss can raise your healthcare expenses by 46%.
Loss of hearing can also increase your probability of needing to be hospitalized by 50%….and the chance of being readmitted also increases.
Even a small amount of damage can add up. Even mild hearing loss can, Johns Hopkins found, double your chances of getting dementia. Think about the fact that every time you have an ear infection it can lead to scarring that leads to considerable hearing loss over time.
Having Ear Pain for Days?
Have you had ear pain for days and ignored it? Get treatment right away. Don’t make the normal mistake of waiting too long. The majority of health insurance companies consider symptoms of an ear infection or ear pain an emergency and there’s a good reason for that. If ear pain has occurred during a cold or after a cold schedule a hearing exam. If you schedule a hearing exam you can find out if:
- there is injury to the eardrum that should be dealt with
- You have an ear infection now
- your inner ear is impacted
Discomfort or temporary hearing loss can be caused by an obstruction in the ear that can also be identified by a professional ear test.
Ear pain or prolonged hearing loss are certain signs that you should consult a professional. Schedule a hearing exam today.