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There are many people who suffer from hearing loss; however, very few people consider an ear infection to be the cause of the decline in their ability to hear. If you or a loved one has an ear infection, then it is wise to see a doctor because if left untreated hearing loss may ensue. To help better protect your hearing, we will discuss what causes an ear infection as well as symptoms to look for.
Signs of Ear Infections
Noticeable signs of infections of the ear are swelling in the ear canal, pus or a foul odor deriving from the ear, or discomfort in the inner ear due to a viral or bacterial infection. For a person who does not speak, such as an infant, you will know they are suffering from an ear infection if they pull at their ear, scream and cry, or have a fever.
In older children the signs are similar; however, they may show symptoms that slightly differ such as nausea, difficulty understanding you when you speak to them, or being off balance. It is always best to take your child to the pediatrician if you believe they are suffering from an ear infection; this will help greatly reduce the chances of hearing loss.
Understanding Hearing Loss
If you or a loved one is suffering from the loss of hearing, then it is wise to consider the factors that are known to present the issue. For instance, loud noises, getting older, injury, and infections are all culprits of what may be adding to your loss of hearing. It is extremely important to remember that untreated hearing loss can eventually lead to you losing your hearing altogether. Therefore, it is necessary to protect your ears from moisture, loud noises, wind, and infections. If you find that you are dealing with an infection, then make sure you seek the help of a professional as soon as possible.
How Ear Infections Can Lead to Hearing Loss
You will find comfort in the fact that hearing loss due to ear infections is only temporary. However, keep in mind that the more you deal with infections the more your hearing will diminish over time. You may need to speak with your physician to ensure you do not have fluid building up on your ear drum. If you find that you do suffer from fluid buildup, then you can easily remedy the problem by having a tube inserted to drain the fluid.
Do not be surprised if you suffer from an infection of the ear while you have an upper respiratory infection. It is also helpful to understand that children are far more susceptible to infections of the ear because their immune systems are not as advanced. A great preventative measure to protect your child from ear infections is to keep their ears dry as well as clean. It is also a wise practice to keep their hands clean so they do not get an ear infection from a cold or other nasty virus.
Preventing Ear Infections
To better protect your ears against the loss of hearing, it is a good practice to have your ears checked even when you are not sick. If you suffer from any form of hearing impairment, then it is best to have your ears evaluated to ensure you do not have tissue damage or fluid buildup on your ears. After all, once you lose your hearing you cannot get it back. Therefore, it is important to do everything possible to protect your ears from infections as well as damage to ensure you can hear for many years to come.
It is important to understand that the loss of hearing has been proven to accompany aging. However, it is still pertinent to seek help from a physician for any damage or infection of your ears regardless of age.
Treating Hearing Loss
If you have lost quite a bit of your hearing either due to aging or untreated hearing loss, then you can boost your ability to hear with the help of a hearing aid. With so many new technological innovations you can easily find a hearing aid that is barely visible. It is very important to address the issue of losing your hearing as soon as you notice the signs so you do not completely lose your hearing over time.
Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center
If you’ve noticed changes in your hearing due to ear infection and are struggling with communication, contact us today. We provide comprehensive hearing health services and we’re here to help!