A report by The American Lung Association states that the normal adult gets up to four colds a year. That’s a lot even if most colds are minor viral infections. Whether the virus attacks the throat, respiratory system, or sinuses, it can lead to ear congestion, and eventually, an infection in the ear.
Although most people think colds are harmless, there are some symptoms you shouldn’t ever ignore. The connection between the common cold and ear infections has finally been verified by researchers. This is an important discovery, because ear infections are a significant contributing variable in the troubling rise in antibiotic resistance.
Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
It’s really ordinary to feel stuffed up in your ears when you’re suffering from a cold due to the fact that 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 turn into an ear infection in just a few hours. This is the reason why you should always get expert 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 an indication of inflammation or infection. If caught early, you can get a prescription for antibiotics and prevent permanent damage. If it’s dismissed, it can lead to scarring on the eardrum and potentially damage to the cilia from inflammation.
Is this very significant? Normally, cold induced hearing loss is only temporary. However, permanent hearing loss can result if the eardrum or cilia become injured and that can lead to other health problems.
Loss of Hearing Can Impact Your General Health
Hearing loss has been linked to other health issues, from loss of cognitive capability to depression to a rise in accidents. Researchers have recently shown a connection between loss of hearing and increased healthcare costs. In fact, in just ten years, untreated hearing loss can increase your healthcare expenses by 46%.
Your probability of requiring hospitalization with untreated hearing loss is increased by 50%….and also increase the likelihood of being readmitted.
Even a small amount of damage can add up. 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 considerable hearing loss over time.
Have You Had Ear Pain For Days?
Have you had ear pain for days and ignored it? It’s a common mistake, but seek treatment immediately. 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. If ear pain has occurred during a cold or after a cold get a hearing examination. A professional exam can tell you whether:
- your inner ear is impacted
- there is injury to the eardrum that needs to be dealt with
- You have an infection currently
A professional examination can also ensure that there are no obstructions in the ear that may cause discomfort or temporary hearing loss.
It’s a sure indication that you should see a professional if you have sustained hearing loss or ear pain. Schedule an appointment now.