A report by The American Lung Association states that the average adult gets up to four colds a year. That’s a lot even if most colds are minor viral infections. It doesn’t make a difference what part of the body the virus attacks, if it leads to congestion, it can cause an ear infection.
There are certain cold symptoms you don’t want to ignore even though colds are generally considered harmless. The link between the common cold and ear infections has finally been verified by researchers. This discovery is significant, because ear infections are a significant contributing variable in the troubling rise in antibiotic resistance.
You Should Never Ignore These Symptoms
Considering that your sinuses and ears are connected, it’s not uncommon to feel stuffed up in your ears when you’re experiencing a cold. If you’re using a decongestant, and your head is draining fluids, this feeling normally comes and goes. But congestion can turn into an ear infection in just a few hours. This is the reason that if you have pain or discharge in your ears you need to get professional advice.
Pain is a sign that your cold is moving in the wrong direction and can be evidence of inflammation or infection. You can prevent permanent damage, if detected early enough, by getting a prescription for antibiotics. If it’s ignored, it can result in scarring on the eardrum and potentially damage to the cilia from inflammation.
How serious is this? Usually, cold related hearing loss is only temporary. However, permanent hearing loss can result if the eardrum or cilia get damaged and that can result in other health problems.
Hearing Loss Can Impact Your General Health
Hearing loss has been associated with other health issues, from loss of cognitive ability to depression to a rise in accidents. Researchers have recently confirmed a link between hearing loss and increased healthcare expenses. In fact, in just ten years, neglected hearing loss can raise your healthcare costs by 46%.
Loss of hearing can also raise your likelihood of needing to be hospitalized by 50%….and the chance of needing to be readmitted also increases.
Even minor injury can add up. Even slight hearing loss can, Johns Hopkins found, double your probability of getting dementia. Consider the fact that every time you get an ear infection it can cause scarring that leads to significant hearing loss over time.
Have You Had Ear Pain For Several Days?
Have you been suffered from ear pain for days and neglected it? It’s a typical oversight, but seek treatment right away. There’s a reason why most health insurance companies consider ear pain or indications of an ear infection an emergency. It’s important to get your ear evaluated if you had any pain during your cold or are still having difficulty hearing after your cold has cleared. A professional exam can determine if:
- there is any affect on your inner ear
- you need to address injury to the eardrum
- You have an infection now
Discomfort or temporary hearing loss can be caused by a blockage in the ear that can also be identified by a professional ear examination.
Ear pain or prolonged hearing loss are certain signs that you need to see a professional. Schedule an appointment right away.