A report by The American Lung Association states that the typical adult gets up to four colds every year. While colds are normally minor viral infections, that’s a lot. 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.
Although most people consider colds harmless, there are certain symptoms you should never ignore. Scientists have finally confirmed the suspected link between ear infections and the common cold. This is a significant finding, because ear infections are a significant contributing variable in the disturbing rise in antibiotic resistance.
You Should Never Ignore These Symptoms
It’s really common to feel stuffed up in your ears when you’re suffering from a cold due to the fact that your sinuses and ears are connected. Ordinarily, this feeling comes and goes, specifically if you’re using 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 that if you’re experiencing pain or discharge in your ears you need to get professional assistance.
Pain can be evidence of inflammation and infection and is a sign your cold is getting worse. You can protect against permanent damage, if detected early enough, by getting a prescription for antibiotics. It can result in eardrum scaring and could harm the cilia if dismissed.
Is this very significant? Generally, cold related hearing loss is only temporary. However, permanent loss of hearing can result if the eardrum or cilia get injured and that can result in other health problems.
Your General Health Can be Harmed by Hearing Loss
Hearing loss has been connected to other health problems, from loss of cognitive capability to depression to a rise in accidents. Researchers have recently confirmed a link between loss of hearing and increased healthcare expenses. As a matter of fact, in just ten years, untreated hearing loss can raise your healthcare costs by 46%.
Loss of hearing can also increase your chance of needing hospitalization by 50%….and also increase the likelihood of needing to be readmitted.
It adds up every time your ears take even minor injury. Johns Hopkins found that just having slight hearing loss can double your chances of getting dementia. Consider the fact that significant hearing loss can be caused by scarring on the eardrum from recurring ear infections.
Having Ear Pain for Days?
Have you had ear pain for days and neglected it? It’s a typical mistake, but seek treatment immediately. There’s a reason the majority of health insurance companies consider ear pain or signs of an ear infection an emergency. It’s important to get your ear examined if you had any pain over the course of your cold or are still having difficulty hearing after your cold has cleared. If you get a hearing exam you can find out if:
- there is damage to the eardrum that needs to be dealt with
- You have an infection right now
- your inner ear is impacted
A professional assessment can also make sure there are no blockages in the ear that may cause irritation or temporary hearing loss.
Ear pain or prolonged hearing loss are sure signs that you need to consult a professional. Schedule an appointment now.