Caution: Your Hearing Can be Impaired by The Common Cold

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

A report by The American Lung Association states that the typical adult gets up to four colds every year. While colds are usually minor viral infections, that’s a lot. 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.

Despite the fact that 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 researchers. This discovery is significant, because ear infections are a major contributing factor in the troubling rise in antibiotic resistance.

You Should Never Ignore These Symptoms

It’s really ordinary to feel congested in your ears when you have a cold due to the fact that your sinuses and ears are interconnected. Ordinarily, this feeling comes and goes, particularly if you’re using a decongestant and your head is draining fluids. But congestion can turn into an ear infection in just a few hours. This is why you should always seek expert help if you have any pain or unusual discharge in your ear.

Pain is a hint 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 prevent permanent injury. If it’s dismissed, it can result in scarring on the eardrum and potentially damage to the cilia from inflammation.

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

Your General Health Can be Impacted by Hearing Loss

Loss of cognitive capacity, depression, more accidents, and other health problems are associated with loss of hearing. Researchers have recently confirmed a connection between hearing loss and increased healthcare costs. As a matter of fact, in just 10 years, untreated hearing loss can raise your healthcare costs by 46%.

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

It adds up every time your ears take even minor damage. Johns Hopkins found that just having slight hearing loss can double your chances of getting dementia. Consider the fact that significant hearing loss can be caused by scarring on the eardrum from recurring ear infections.

Have You Had Ear Pain For Days?

Have you already neglected ear pain for days? It’s a typical mistake, but get treatment immediately. The majority of health insurance companies consider symptoms of an ear infection or ear pain an emergency and there’s good reason for that. If ear pain has occurred during a cold or after a cold schedule a hearing exam. If you schedule a hearing test you can find out if:

  • You have an ear infection right now
  • there is injury to the eardrum that needs to be dealt with
  • your inner ear is affected

Discomfort or temporary loss of hearing can be caused by an obstruction in the ear which can also be identified by a professional ear exam.

It’s a definite sign that you should see a professional if you have sustained hearing loss or pain in your ear. Schedule a hearing test now.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.