Warning: Your Hearing Can be Impaired by The Common Cold
The American Lung Association has found that the normal adult gets up to four colds every year. While colds are normally minor viral infections, that’s still a lot. It doesn’t make a difference what part of the body the virus attacks, if it results in congestion, it can cause an ear infection.
Even though most people think colds are harmless, there are certain symptoms you don’t want to ignore. Researchers have finally affirmed the suspected link between ear infections and the common cold. This finding is significant, because ear infections are a significant contributing factor in the disturbing rise in antibiotic resistance.
You Should Never Ignore These Symptoms
Because your sinuses and ears are connected, it’s not uncommon to feel congested in your ears when you’re experiencing a cold. Normally, this feeling comes and goes, particularly if you’re taking a decongestant and your head is draining out fluids. But in just a few hours congestion can turn into an ear infection. This is the reason that if you’re experiencing pain or discharge in your ears you need to seek professional help.
Pain is a sign that your cold is moving in the wrong direction and can be an indication of inflammation or infection. You can protect against permanent injury, if detected early enough, by getting a prescription for antibiotics. If it’s neglected, it can lead to scarring on the eardrum and potentially damage to the cilia from inflammation.
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 problems.
Your General Health Can be Harmed by Loss of Hearing
Loss of cognitive ability, depression, an increase in accidents, and other health concerns are connected to loss of hearing. Researchers have recently confirmed a link between hearing loss and increased healthcare costs. In fact, in only 10 years, untreated hearing loss can raise your healthcare costs by 46%.
Hearing loss can also increase your probability of needing to be hospitalized by 50%….and the likelihood of needing to be readmitted also increases.
It adds up each time your ears take even minor damage. Johns Hopkins discovered that just having slight hearing loss can double your chances of getting dementia. Consider the fact that each time you have an ear infection it can lead to scarring that leads to significant hearing loss over time.
Have You Had Ear Pain For Days?
Have you been suffered from ear pain for days and ignored it? Get treatment right away. Don’t make the normal mistake of waiting too long. There’s a reason the majority of 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 test. If you schedule a hearing test you can find out if:
- there is any impact on your inner ear
- You have an infection right now
- there is injury to the eardrum that needs to be dealt with
Pain or temporary hearing loss can be caused by a blockage in the ear that can also be determined by a professional ear examination.
Ear pain or prolonged loss of hearing are sure signs that you need to see a professional. Schedule a hearing exam right away.