Think you have an ear infection? These surprising reasons may have caused it
Jun 06, 2022 in Hearing Care
Whilst ear infections are more common in children, they can affect adults too. Symptoms of an ear infection usually include feeling sick, lack of energy, high temperature, and itching in and around the ear.
Whilst the majority of cases clear up by themselves after three days, there are actions you can take to avoid ear infections occurring in the first place.
Smoke can linger in the air for 2 to 3 hours after someone has finished a cigarette, even with a window open. Children who live with a smoker are more likely to develop ear infection – so stop smoking to help keep your children ear-infection-free!
Swimming is a fantastic full-body exercise but it carries some risks, especially if your swimming in open water. When swimming, always wear appropriate protective equipment such as earplugs and swim caps, and make sure to dry your ears with a soft towel once out of the water.
For earplugs, we recommend ACS Swim Plugs, as they create a waterproof seal that prevents water from getting into your ear canal.
Not washing your hands
As with most infections, keeping your hands clean and free from germs and bacteria through frequent washing is a great preventative measure. A middle ear infection is often caused by flu or other respiratory concerns such as a severe allergy.
The infection travels to one or both ears through the eustachian tubes. The eustachian tubes connect your ear and back of your nose and throat, allowing air pressure to equalise between them. An infection can aggravate the eustachian tubes and cause them to swell, which in turn can stop them draining properly.
Worried about an ear infection? Book an appointment at Leightons
If an ear infection goes on too long without treatment, it can put an individual at risk of permanent hearing loss. If you are experiencing any discomfort in your ears or noticing any changes to your hearing, it is important that you seek professional support.
Our experienced audiologists will deliver the best ear care advice for you. Book an appointment online or call us on 0800 40 20 20.