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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 average adult gets as many as four colds every year. Although colds are usually minor viral infections, that’s still a lot. Whether the virus attacks the throat, respiratory system, or sinuses, it can lead to ear congestion, and ultimately, an infection in the ear.

There are some symptoms of a cold you shouldn’t ignore even though colds are normally thought to be harmless. Researchers have finally confirmed the suspected connection between ear infections and the common cold. This is a significant discovery, because ear infections are a significant contributing factor in the disturbing rise in antibiotic resistance.

Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

It’s very ordinary to feel congested in your ears when you’re suffering from a cold because your sinuses and ears are connected. 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 develop into an ear infection. This is the reason why you should always seek professional assistance if you have any pain or unusual discharge in your ear.

Pain is a sign that your cold is moving in the wrong direction and can be evidence of inflammation or infection. If you take care of it early enough, you can get a prescription for antibiotics and avoid permanent damage. If it’s dismissed, it can result in scarring on the eardrum and potentially injury to the cilia from inflammation.

Is this very serious? Usually, 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 problems.

Hearing Loss Can Impact Your Overall Health

Hearing loss has been linked to other health issues, from loss of cognitive ability to depression to a rise in accidents. Researchers have recently found a connection between loss of hearing and increased healthcare costs. In fact, in only a decade, untreated hearing loss can raise your healthcare costs by 46%.

Your probability of requiring hospitalization with untreated hearing loss is increased by 50%….and also increase the probability of being readmitted.

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

Have You Had Ear Pain For Several Days?

Have you been suffered from ear pain for days and neglected it? It’s a typical oversight, but get treatment right away. 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 you feel pain in your ear during a cold or after a cold schedule a hearing test. A professional evaluation can determine whether:

  • You have an ear infection right now
  • your inner ear is affected
  • you need to address injury to the eardrum

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

Ear pain or chronic loss of hearing are certain signs that you need to see a professional. Schedule an appointment right away.