The American Lung Association has found that the typical adult gets up to four colds every year. That’s a lot even if the majority of 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.
Even though most people consider colds harmless, there are certain symptoms you should never dismiss. Scientists have finally confirmed the suspected link between ear infections and the common cold. This discovery is significant, because ear infections are a significant contributing factor in the troubling rise in antibiotic resistance.
Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
Because your sinuses and ears are connected, 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 normally comes and goes. But in just a few hours congestion can turn into an ear infection. This is the reason that if you have pain or discharge in your ears you should get professional assistance.
Pain is a sign that your cold is getting worse and can be an indication of inflammation or infection. You can prevent 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 potentially injury to the cilia from inflammation.
Is this very serious? Usually, 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.
Your Overall Health Can be Harmed by Hearing Loss
Loss of cognitive capacity, depression, more accidents, and other health concerns have been associated with loss of hearing. An increase in healthcare expenses has been associated with loss of hearing by researchers recently. As a matter of fact, in only ten years, neglected hearing loss can raise your healthcare expenses by 46%.
Your chance of requiring hospitalization with untreated hearing loss increases by 50%….and the likelihood of being readmitted also increases.
It adds up every time your ears take even minor injury. Even slight hearing loss can, Johns Hopkins found, double your risk of getting dementia. Think about the fact that every time you have an ear infection it can lead to scarring that leads to significant hearing loss over time.
Suffering From Pain for Days?
Have you been suffered from ear pain for days and neglected it? It’s a typical oversight, but seek treatment immediately. There’s a reason why the majority of 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 over the course of your cold or are still experiencing difficulty hearing after your cold is gone. A professional exam can determine whether:
- your inner ear is impacted
- you currently have an ear infection
- there is injury to the eardrum that should be dealt with
Pain or temporary hearing loss can be caused by a blockage in the ear which can also be determined by a professional ear test.
Ear pain or chronic hearing loss are certain signs that you should see a professional. Schedule a hearing examination today.