A study by The American Lung Association states that the normal adult gets up to four colds a year. While colds are usually 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 some cold symptoms you shouldn’t ignore even though colds are generally thought to be harmless. Researchers have finally confirmed the suspected connection between ear infections and the common cold. This is an important discovery, because ear infections are a major contributing factor in the troubling rise in antibiotic resistance.
Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
It’s quite common to feel stuffed up in your ears when you’re suffering from a cold because your sinuses and ears are linked. Normally, this feeling comes and goes, especially 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 why you should always get professional assistance if you have any pain or abnormal discharge in your ear.
Pain is a sign that your cold is getting worse and can be evidence of inflammation or infection. You can prevent permanent damage, if detected early enough, by getting a prescription for antibiotics. It can result in eardrum scaring and might harm the cilia if neglected.
Is this very serious? A cold will usually only cause temporary issues with your hearing. However, permanent loss of hearing can result if the eardrum or cilia get damaged 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 ability to depression to an increase in accidents. An increase in healthcare expenses has been connected to loss of hearing by researchers recently. As a matter of fact, in only 10 years, neglected hearing loss can raise your healthcare expenses by 46%.
Loss of hearing can also raise your probability of needing hospitalization by 50%….and the chance of being readmitted also increases.
Even a small amount of injury can add up. Even mild hearing loss can, Johns Hopkins found, double your risk of getting dementia. Think about 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 Several Days?
Have you been suffered from ear pain for days and neglected it? Get treatment immediately. Don’t make the common mistake of waiting too long. The majority of health insurance companies consider symptoms of an ear infection or ear pain an emergency and there’s a good reason for that. It’s important to get your ear checked out if you had any pain over the course of your cold or are still experiencing trouble hearing after your cold is gone. If you get a hearing test you can find out if:
- you need to address injury to the eardrum
- You have an ear infection right now
- your inner ear is impacted
Pain or temporary loss of hearing can be caused by an obstruction in the ear that can also be determined by a professional ear test.
It’s a definite indication that you need to consult a professional if you have sustained loss of hearing or ear pain. Schedule a hearing test today.