Posted on: February 21, 2019

Winter is the season for colds, and with them increased risk of middle ear infection. What is it about having a cold that increases the risk of a ear infection? In short, the middle ear and throat are connected via the Eustachian tube. An upper respiratory tract infection can cause inflammation of the throat and Eustachian tube, in some cases closing the tube off entirely. When this happens pressure and secretion builds up in the middle ear, sometimes becoming infected.

So how can you tell if you have a middle ear infection. Following are the most common symptoms:

  1. A constant feeling of pressure or pain in the ear or ears affected.
  2. Difficulty hearing.
  3. Reduced understanding of speech.
  4. Dizziness or feeling off balance.
  5. Fever.

Fortunately, most ear infections will clear up on their own after a few days. Pain medication can help with the earache. If symptoms persist after a few days you should consult a physician, who may prescribe antibiotics. The change in hearing due to an ear infection should be fairly mild in most cases. If you experience a significant and sudden change in your hearing you should always have it checked as soon as possible. You do not need a referral from a physician to have your hearing tested.

For more information or to book an appointment, please contact Accurate Hearing at one of our convenient locations:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327