Warning: Your Hearing Can be Damaged by The Common Cold

Man holding his ear because he has an ear infection that is causing hearing loss.

A study by The American Lung Association states that the average adult gets as many as four colds a year. That’s a lot even if the majority of colds are minor viral infections. 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 many people think colds are harmless, there are a few symptoms you shouldn’t ever dismiss. The connection between the common cold and ear infections has finally been verified by scientists. This finding 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 common to feel congested in your ears when you have a cold because your sinuses and ears are linked. If you’re using a decongestant, and your head is draining fluids, this feeling normally comes and goes. But in only 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 should get professional help.

Pain can be evidence of inflammation and infection and is a signal your cold is getting worse. You can protect against permanent injury, if detected early enough, by getting a prescription for antibiotics. It can result in eardrum scaring and might harm the cilia if dismissed.

Is this very significant? Generally, cold induced hearing loss is only temporary. However, permanent loss of hearing can result if the eardrum or cilia get injured and that can result in other health issues.

Loss of Hearing Can Impact Your Overall Health

Hearing loss has been connected to other health concerns, from loss of cognitive ability to depression to an increase in accidents. An increase in healthcare expenses has been linked with hearing loss by researchers recently. In fact, in only ten years, untreated hearing loss can increase your healthcare costs by 46%.

Your chance of needing hospitalization with untreated hearing loss increases by 50%….and the probability of needing to be readmitted also increases.

Even a small amount of damage can add up. Even slight hearing loss can, Johns Hopkins found, double your chances of getting dementia. Consider the fact that each time you get 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 neglected it? It’s a common oversight, but seek treatment immediately. There’s a reason why most health insurance companies consider ear pain or indications of an ear infection an emergency. If you feel pain in your ear when you have a cold or after a cold schedule a hearing exam. If you schedule a hearing exam you can find out if:

  • there is damage to the eardrum that needs to be dealt with
  • you currently have an ear infection
  • there is any affect on your inner ear

A professional evaluation can also ensure that there are no obstructions in the ear that might cause irritation or temporary loss of hearing.

It’s a sure indication that you should see a professional if you have sustained loss of hearing or pain in your ear. Schedule an appointment today.

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