The American Lung Association reports that the average adult gets up to four colds every year. While colds are normally minor viral infections, that’s still a lot. Whether the virus attacks the respiratory system, throat, or sinuses, it can cause ear congestion, and eventually, an ear infection.
There are certain cold symptoms you don’t want to ignore despite the fact that colds are usually considered harmless. Scientists have finally affirmed the suspected link between ear infections and the common cold. This is a significant discovery, because ear infections are a significant contributing variable in the disturbing rise in antibiotic resistance.
You Should Never Ignore These Symptoms
Because your sinuses and ears are interconnected, it’s not uncommon to feel congested in your ears when you have a cold. If you’re taking a decongestant, and your head is draining fluids, this feeling usually comes and goes. But congestion can develop 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 should seek professional assistance.
Pain can be evidence of inflammation and infection and is a signal your cold is getting worse. You can protect against permanent injury, if caught early enough, by getting a prescription for antibiotics. If it’s neglected, it can result in scarring on the eardrum and possibly damage to the cilia from inflammation.
Is this very serious? Normally, 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.
Loss of Hearing Can Impact Your General Health
Hearing loss has been connected to other health concerns, from loss of cognitive capability to depression to an increase in accidents. Researchers have recently shown a connection between loss of hearing and increased healthcare costs. As a matter of fact, in just ten years, neglected hearing loss can raise your healthcare costs by 46%.
Your likelihood of requiring hospitalization with untreated hearing loss is increased 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 discovered that just having slight hearing loss can double your probability of getting dementia. Consider the fact that significant hearing loss can be caused by scarring on the eardrum from repeated ear infections.
Have You Had Ear Pain For Days?
Have you been suffered from ear pain for days and neglected it? Seek treatment right away. Don’t make the normal mistake of putting it off. There’s a reason most health insurance companies consider ear pain or signs of an ear infection an emergency. If ear pain has occurred during a cold or after a cold get a hearing exam. If you schedule a hearing exam you can find out if:
- there is any affect on your inner ear
- you need to deal with damage to the eardrum
- you currently have an ear infection
A professional examination can also ensure that there are no obstructions in the ear that could cause discomfort or temporary loss of hearing.
Ear pain or chronic loss of hearing are certain signs that you should consult a professional. Schedule an appointment now.