Because your ears, nose and throat are all connected, any issues that effect your sinuses (such as colds or allergies) can have a huge impact on your ears and hearing.
As we see out the final days of spring and officially enter the summer season, we find ourselves suddenly checking the pollen count each day as eagerly as the temperature. We barley seem to have left colds and flu bugs behind, and our sinuses now face the next hurdle, the dreaded hay fever! Ear troubles are not the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about hay fever, but anything that effects your sinuses that creates fluid or a sense of pressure, will affect your ears.
Your Eustachian tube is a small passageway that connects your middle ear to your throat. It plays a vital role in normalising the pressure in your middle ear. It opens when you sneeze, yawn, or swallow. This in turn prevents air pressure and fluid from building up behind your eardrum.
If your Eustachian tube starts to fill with fluid, it can become painful as you sense the pressure build up and your hearing can become muffled.
Season allergies, sinus infections, the common cold or the flu, can all cause the openings of your Eustachian tube to become blocked.
Taking antihistamines before the hey fever starts can be a good way to boost your immune system and prepare your body to fight those allergies. Get decongestant nose sprays ready to use at the first sign on any fluid or pressure in your ears.
Other problems that can affect your sinuses and eustachian tubes include air travel, ear infections and ear wax.
You can now book a free hearing screening at our clinic in Willerby (West Hull). We will expertly assess your General Hearing Health by understanding your listening experience, conducting Video Otoscopy to have a good look at your ears.
Call us today on 01482 654111 or visit our website to book an appointment online.