Children, teens and adults are susceptible to ear infections and other related ear problems, of course they can be more prominent with children as their immune systems are not as strong. With adults however, things like problems with sinuses can cause terrible pain. In fact many adults suffering with ear problems put it down to getting a cold, picking up an infection, listening to music too loudly, whereas is could be a sign of a sinus problem, and may lead to problems with the tubes in ears.
You should seek medical advice, wither from your local doctor or nurse if you have the following problems that are consistent or last for quite a while, these are:
- Twinges in the ear
- Noises in the ear
- Sounds becoming muffled
Using an otoscope they are able to look into the ear to see if there are any underlying issues. People who are prone to sinus issues should have regular checkups, not only to keep an eye on the issue at hand but also to stop any damage occurring to the ear. One of the major issues being swelling; this can make hearing a problem, and if ignored or left for too long it could result in the hearing problems being permanent.
The nose and the ear are closely connected, which is why you will always get a cold and earache together; the Eustachian tube connects the two of them together, where it works to keep the pressure between the two the same.
Some people start to find that they get colds and ear infections a lot, and this could mean there is an underlying problem with the tubes in ears as they can change in angle. When this happens the Eustachian tubes can become swollen and fluid can build up behind the ear drum, creating the pain and even some loss of hearing.
Someone who has sinusitis needs to first concentrate on dealing with that infection first, stopping any further build up and swelling, when they do this they can find that the earache can quickly heal itself, in some cases where it is more severe, antibiotic ear drops and pain killers are prescribed to further help with the pain and also clear the ear canal.
In more severe cases for young children, a surgical procedure may have to be performed, this is where tubes in ears are placed to aid the following:
- Release pressure through the ear canal
- Reduce and allow fluid build up to drain from the ear
- Allowing air to the middle ear
The tubes used are made of plastic and are usually inserted under a general anaesthetic, carried out by an otolaryngologist. They help to relieve some of the pain and discomfort felt by the patient and can also help to stop ear infections from re-occurring, and it is said that the younger they are to have this type of procedure the better it is for them, with higher success rates.
So don’t suffer in silence if you have a problem with your ears, get them checked out to prevent further damage from happening that cannot be reversed.