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Understanding Hearing Loss Following a Cold

What are the causes?
Jul, 25, 2023
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After a common cold or a flu, it is not uncommon to experience ear pain and blocked ears, which can lead to temporary hearing loss due to phlegm buildup. This typically occurs in autumn, winter, and spring when allergies are prevalent. Catarrhal otitis, characterized by phlegm accumulation in the ear canal, is a common form of this condition. While the hearing loss is usually temporary and harmless, it can be bothersome due to its prolonged duration. In this article, you will explore its causes and potential treatments.

Can a cold cause temporary hearing loss?

When phlegm builds up in the upper respiratory tract, like during a common cold, it can lead to inflammation in various areas, including the mucous membrane of the nasal cavity, pharynx, and the opening of the Eustachian tube. This inflammation can cause two related conditions: colds and catarrhal otitis.

Potential complications

To prevent unpleasant complications, it is best to avoid excessive force while blowing your nose. Doing so helps prevent viruses and bacteria from entering the tympanic cavity and inflaming the mucous membranes. The inflammation of these membranes can lead to the partial or complete closure of the opening that connects to the Eustachian tube, impeding the ventilation of the tympanic cavity. This process is responsible for the hearing loss commonly experienced after a cold.

Treatment options for hearing loss after a cold

Experiencing hearing loss after a cold or catarrhal otitis is relatively common. However, it typically resolves itself within approximately two weeks. Nonetheless, it is best to consult an otorhinolaryngologist specialist for a thorough examination and have prescribed the appropriate treatment. The treatment to address this condition typically involves antibiotics and/or cortisone therapy.

Home remedies for hearing loss due to cold

Homeopathy, with its natural remedies, is another common treatment for hearing loss following a cold. Pulsatilla is a common homeopathic remedy that when applied directly to the affected area, particularly when the ear is red and swollen. Remedies like Silicea and Chamomilla exhibit properties similar to Pulsatilla, including their ability to alleviate pain.

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