A study by The American Lung Association states that the normal adult gets up to four colds every year. That’s a lot even if most 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.
There are some cold symptoms you don’t want to ignore despite the fact that colds are normally considered harmless. Researchers have finally affirmed the suspected connection between ear infections and the common cold. This is an important finding, 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 interconnected, it’s not unusual 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 generally 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 moving in the wrong direction and can be an indication of inflammation or infection. If caught early, you can get a prescription for antibiotics and avoid permanent injury. It can result in eardrum scaring and might damage the cilia if ignored.
Is this very serious? Usually, cold induced hearing loss is only temporary. Injury to your eardrum or cilia, however, can lead to permanent hearing loss…which can lead to other health issues.
Hearing Loss Can Impact Your General Health
Loss of cognitive ability, depression, more accidents, and other health problems are connected to hearing loss. An increase in healthcare costs has been associated with hearing loss by researchers recently. As a matter of fact, in just 10 years, untreated hearing loss can increase your healthcare costs by 46%.
Your likelihood of requiring hospitalization with untreated hearing loss is increased by 50%….and the chance of needing to be readmitted also increases.
Even minor injury can add up. Even mild hearing loss can, Johns Hopkins found, double your probability of getting dementia. Consider the fact that considerable hearing loss can be caused by scarring on the eardrum from repeated ear infections.
Have You Had Ear Pain For Days?
Have you already ignored ear pain for days? It’s a typical mistake, but seek treatment right away. There’s a reason why the majority of health insurance companies consider ear pain or indications of an ear infection an emergency. If ear pain has occurred when you have a cold or after a cold get a hearing examination. A professional evaluation can determine if:
- you need to address damage to the eardrum
- there is any affect on your inner ear
- You have an infection now
Discomfort or temporary hearing loss can be caused by an obstruction in the ear which can also be identified by a professional ear examination.
It’s a definite sign that you need to consult a professional if you have sustained hearing loss or pain in your ear. Schedule a hearing examination now.