Beware: Your Ears 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 typical 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 ultimately, an ear infection.

Despite the fact that many people think colds are harmless, there are certain symptoms you don’t want to dismiss. Scientists have finally confirmed the suspected connection between ear infections and the common cold. This is a significant finding, because ear infections are a significant contributing variable in the disturbing rise in antibiotic resistance.

Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Because your sinuses and ears are interconnected, it’s not unusual to feel stuffed up in your ears when you have a cold. Ordinarily, this feeling comes and goes, specifically if you’re taking a decongestant and your head is draining fluids. But in only a few hours congestion can turn into an ear infection. This is the reason why you should always get professional help if you have any pain or unusual discharge in your ear.

Pain is a hint that your cold is getting worse and can be evidence of inflammation or infection. You can avoid permanent injury, if caught early enough, by getting a prescription for antibiotics. It can lead to eardrum scaring and may harm the cilia if ignored.

How serious is this? A cold will usually only cause temporary issues with your hearing. However, permanent loss of hearing can result if the eardrum or cilia get injured and that can result in other health problems.

Your Overall Health Can be Harmed by Hearing Loss

Loss of cognitive ability, depression, more accidents, and other health concerns are connected to hearing loss. Researchers have recently shown a connection between hearing loss and more expensive healthcare expenses. As a matter of fact, in just 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 likelihood of needing to be readmitted also increases.

Even minor injury can add up. Even slight hearing loss can, Johns Hopkins found, double your probability of getting dementia. Think about the fact that every time you get an ear infection it can cause scarring that leads to considerable hearing loss over time.

Have You Had Ear Pain For 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. There’s a reason why the majority of health insurance companies consider ear pain or indications of an ear infection an emergency. If you feel pain in your ear during a cold or after a cold schedule a hearing examination. A professional evaluation can determine if:

  • there is any affect on your inner ear
  • there is injury to the eardrum that should be dealt with
  • You have an infection currently

A professional evaluation can also make sure there are no obstructions in the ear that may cause discomfort or temporary hearing loss.

It’s a sure sign that you need to see a professional if you have prolonged loss of hearing or pain in your ear. Schedule a hearing examination now.

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