A study by The American Lung Association states that the normal adult gets as many as four colds a year. While colds are usually minor viral infections, that’s still 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.
There are certain cold symptoms you shouldn’t ignore despite the fact that colds are usually thought to be harmless. The link between the common cold and ear infections has finally been confirmed by researchers. This discovery is significant, because ear infections are a major contributing variable in the disturbing rise in antibiotic resistance.
You Should Never Ignore These Symptoms
It’s really ordinary to feel stuffed up in your ears when you have a cold because your sinuses and ears are linked. Ordinarily, this feeling comes and goes, particularly if you’re taking a decongestant and your head is draining out fluids. But congestion can develop into an ear infection in just a few hours. This is why you should always seek professional assistance if you have any pain or abnormal discharge in your ear.
Pain is a sign that your cold is moving in the wrong direction and can be an indication of inflammation or infection. If you take care of it early enough, you can get a prescription for antibiotics and avoid permanent damage. If it’s neglected, it can lead to scarring on the eardrum and possibly damage to the cilia from inflammation.
Is this very serious? A cold will generally only cause temporary problems with your hearing. However, permanent loss of hearing can result if the eardrum or cilia become injured and that can result in other health problems.
Your General Health Can be Harmed by Loss of Hearing
Loss of cognitive capacity, depression, an increase in accidents, and other health issues have been connected to loss of hearing. Researchers have recently confirmed a connection between hearing loss and increased healthcare expenses. As a matter of fact, in just 10 years, neglected hearing loss can increase your healthcare costs by 46%.
Your chance of requiring hospitalization with untreated hearing loss is increased by 50%….and also increase the probability of needing to be readmitted.
It adds up each time your ears take even minor damage. Johns Hopkins found 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 recurring ear infections.
Have You Had Ear Pain For Several Days?
Have you already ignored ear pain for days? Seek treatment immediately. Don’t make the common mistake of putting it off. Most health insurance companies consider symptoms of an ear infection or ear pain an emergency and there’s good reason for that. If ear pain has occurred during a cold or after a cold schedule a hearing test. A professional examination can tell you if:
- you need to deal with damage to the eardrum
- your inner ear is impacted
- You have an infection now
A professional evaluation can also make sure there are no obstructions in the ear that may cause irritation or temporary hearing loss.
Ear pain or prolonged hearing loss are certain signs that you need to see a professional. Schedule a hearing examination today.