What Your Ears Say About Your Health
Experts stressed that the ear not only helps to hear, but can also tell a lot about human health.
Signs and Symptoms of Diseases
Experts describe the signs and symptoms of six different diseases that can affect the ears and say a lot about our health, including potentially deadly cancer.
1. Heart disease
If you are under 60 and have a diagonal crease in your earlobe, you may be at a higher risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD).
The unusual warning, dubbed “Frank Mark”, has been seen on the likes of Steven Spielberg and George W. Bush.
There is no definitive answer to the question of the relationship between ear wrinkles and heart attacks, but some doctors believe that the underlying process behind the two conditions is similar.
One theory is that earlobe creases are due to a loss of elastin and elastic fibers in the skin, the same process that damages blood vessels in coronary heart disease.
There really is no reason to panic, since in most cases, ear creases can be the result of improper sleep.
But if you’re experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath, make an appointment with your doctor.
2. High blood pressure
Tonic tinnitus may indicate a problem with blood pressure if you have just returned from a concert.
This common hearing problem is usually not a sign of anything serious and may go away on its own.
For people with high blood pressure, tinnitus is a common complaint.
High blood pressure occurs when the pressure in the blood vessels is unusually high.
A study published in the NCBI found that 44 percent of people with tinnitus also had high blood pressure.
The connection between the two cases is related to the network of microvessels of the auditory system. When pressure builds up in this system, it can lead to symptoms of tinnitus.
A Brazilian study found that tinnitus, which sounds like a throbbing or pumping sound, may be related to blood pressure.
And you should see your GP if you hear continuous or regular sounds in your ears, such as buzzing or ringing, as recommended by the National Health Service.
3. Fungal infection
Itchy ears may indicate a fungal infection. Fungi (usually Aspergillus and Candida) grow and infect the ear canal.
When Aspergillus causes a fungal ear infection, you may see yellow or black dots and fuzzy white patches in the ear canal.
And if Candida is the cause, you may see a thick creamy white discharge from the ear.
Other symptoms include ear pain, crusting of the skin around the ear canal, headache, tinnitus, and hearing loss.
If you experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor as fungal ear infections are unlikely to go away without treatment.
4. Breast cancer
Some amount of earwax is normal and helpful. This yellow substance prevents insects and dirt from entering the ear canals, but wax with a wet and sticky texture is not normal.
Some research suggests that wet wax may be a sign of the ABCC11 gene mutation, which can increase the risk of breast cancer.
It is important to remember that having wet earwax does not mean that a woman is at risk for developing breast cancer, as studies show that it is only one of the factors that increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
But if earwax bothers you, you can try buying ear drops at the pharmacy. And never try to remove wax buildup yourself with your fingers, Q-tip, or anything else, as this can damage the ear and move the wax further down.
But if the ear drops don’t thin the wax and make it less sticky, see your doctor.
5. Red ear syndrome
If you spend too much time in the sun and even feel embarrassed, your ears can turn red, but red ear syndrome can also occur with red ear syndrome (RES), a rare condition that causes burning and pain in the earlobes.
But for some people, the pain can be sharp and severe. It can also spread from the earlobes to the cheeks, jaw, or back of the head.
Status attacks typically last between 30 and 60 minutes. Experts still don’t know what causes red ear syndrome, but they don’t think it’s serious.
If symptoms are frequent or painful, or if you are hard of hearing, you should seek medical attention.
6. Kidney disease
Ears with a few bumps on the skin—small growths of flesh—may indicate kidney disease.
A British Medical Journal study found that this is especially true for newborns.
Scientists have suggested that this is because the development of the kidney canal and the ears in the womb occurs simultaneously. Therefore, any disturbance or accident at this time can lead to one or another disruption of the kidneys and ears.
And you should see your doctor if you have any signs of kidney disease.