Allergic reactions can affect the outer ear by causing it and the ear canal to itch or become inflamed. It’s important to avoid scratching these itches, because doing so could lead to infection or do irreversible damage to your ear canal.
In the middle ear, fluid buildup can affect the ability of the Eustachian tube to do its job – namely, release pressure in the ear. This causes you to feel like your ears are clogged, along with some degree of hearing loss. This part of the ear is most susceptible to allergies and infection, which is caused when bacteria is able to sit in the middle ear due to blockage of the Eustachian tube.
Although it’s the most delicate part of the ear, the inner ear has proven itself to be largely resistant to allergic reactions. However, problems in other parts of the ear can lead to damaged nerve endings and bond structures in the inner ear. Here, allergic symptoms include tinnitus, dizziness and ear pressure. Allergies are also thought to be a possible trigger of Meniere’s disease, which exhibits all of these symptoms.
It’s important to not ignore hearing loss, as it can significantly affect your overall health. For more information about audiology services available at Audio Help Hearing Centers, call us at 888-832-9966 or contact us online.