Hearing loss, even if temporary, is a serious quality of life issue. Allergic reactions and sinus infections are common causes of ear pain and even hearing loss. If your naval cavities are inflamed, then you have a sinus infection. Sinus infections lead to clogged ears, discomfort, and auditory problems such as hearing loss, headaches, and dizziness. The first course of action is to treat the sinus infection and reduce ear pressure and any hearing loss.
Since your sinuses are connected to your ears, infection and swelling in the sinus can spread to or affect the ears. Common approaches to treating sinus infections include using a nasal saline mixture and/or a humidifier to add moisture to the air while not drying out your nose. Over the counter decongestants and pain relievers are also useful to treat any swelling and reduce the discomfort in both ears and nose.
Always work to keep your head upright to avoid unnecessary pressure caused when you lower your head. Finally, stay hydrated with water; water helps thin the mucus and clear the blockages.
Be Aware of the Inflammation
If the inflammation spreads to the middle ear and puts pressure on the ear drum, hearing is affected. This hearing loss is typically only temporary, but it can be disorienting and painful. There is no need to tough it out; instead, take action immediately.
Any fluid build-up in the ear can be treated by treating the infection; when the fluid discharge is reversed and cleared, the pain will recede and hearing will return. Complications only occur if the fluid does not drain and your eardrum bursts. In these rare cases, seek immediate medical attention.
Immediate Treatment is Important
In addition to treating sinus infections immediately, it is also recommended to take all necessary precautions to prevent their appearance in the first place. Ideally, you do all you can to prevent them, but if you get an infection, take action. Discomforting complications, such as hearing loss, severe coughs, and sore throats, are more likely when treatment is delayed.
In addition to the suggestions above, some other approaches to alleviate pressure and pain in the ear include taking a hot steam bath/sauna to clear out clogged passages and improve respiration; applying homemade ear drops using an alcohol/vinegar solution; gargling with warm salt water to alleviate throat and ear pain; and yawning to redistribute fluids.
Approaches to preventing sinus infections include staying hydrated with plenty of water which thins mucus; controlling known allergies before they erupt through both over-the-counter and prescription drugs; reducing the consumption of alcohol which builds up mucus; avoiding tobacco which irritates throat and, by extension, the nose and ears; and exercising common hygiene such as washing your hands regularly.
Ear infection, sinus infection, and ear wax are common causes of hearing loss that rarely cause permanent damage. The tips outlined above can better help protect you against sinus infections. If you do develop a sinus infection, begin treatment right away to reduce complications. Hearing is an important component of your emotional and social life. Take the steps necessary to safeguard your hearing health.
Daniel Shaw is a senior health advisor at a senior housing community. Daniel, regularly helps senior citizens find answers to their health and hearing questions. As well as to their friends and families. Daniel enjoys, the community atmosphere and loves taking walks in the evenings with some of its seniors.