It's so easy to take your normal, functioning body for granted until something happens and it's suddenly out of whack. I didn't appreciate swallowing until I came down with a crazy case of strep, and I didn't appreciate healthy digestion until pregnancy. This is especially true when you're hit with a symptom that affects one of your most vital senses. These seven subtle changes to your ears can be a sign of a health problem that might surprise you, for example — though with something as important as your hearing, these symptoms might not seem so "subtle" at all.
When it comes to my health, I'm a firm believer that ignorance is not bliss. (I also have a terrible habit for consulting Dr. Google for any ache or pain and working myself into a tizzy over nothing, but that's another issue.) Ignoring an annoying symptom for a couple of work days is one thing, but it's never a good idea to continuously put your health on the back burner. These ear and hearing issues, while they can be gradual, merit a trip to your healthcare provider because they can be a sign of something more serious going on in your body. Plus, it's a win-win situation: either you find out that it's nothing, or you catch a problem before it's gotten worse.