Yea, now that I am older and not so foolish as to want to "look good", I actually dress warm for winter. I find a nice scarf really helps, you can wrap it clear around your throat, and over your ears if you have a nice warm long one. If I keep my throat warm, I am not nearly as prone to sore throats. Sounds like you are the same with your ears as I am with my throat. Good luck on that garlic. I keep several essential oils around all the time for such things.