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why do my ears ring so much?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Common: Tinnitus - any abnormal sound in the ears is very common. It can be a ring/ a cricket sound/ static, etc. It is many times associated with hearing loss but sometime you can have normal hearing. If it is only on one side... I'd be more concerned - either way it may be best to be seen by an ENT and get an audiogram.
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Tinnitus: This is the 64, 000 dollar question. In most cases, we can not give you the answer. We now know that the true origin of the sound is not from the ear but from the highest centers of the brain (auditory cortex). However, it is true that tinnitus is often associated with a hearing loss from age, noise, trauma to the head, certain antibiotics. I strongly urge an ENT visit and get an audiogram.

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When is it ok to pierce my baby's ears?

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Yes: Although it is considered safe to have a baby's ears pierced i generally do not pierce infant ears. I usually wait until the child is old enough to ask for them. If your baby does have earrings i recommend taking them out at night (after the holes have healed) to reduce the risk of accidental swallowing/choking.
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Why does my baby keep pulling on her ears?

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Because she can!: Babies pull, tug, and play with their ears usually because they can. They have discovered these interesting appendages attached to the side of their heads and they can't resist. Sometimes, infants who are teething will pull and tug at their ears. Ear pulling in the absence of other symptoms is rarely associated with ear infections.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Do ticks bite your ear?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
They can: Ticks generally favor warmer parts of the body... Groin, neck, arm pit, belly button. If they favor the ear... It is more likely where the ear joins the skull. They would typically not bite the outer part of the ear along the rim.. It's just to cold for them.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

I was suddenly exposed to a very loud noise and my ears won't stop ringing. What can I do?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
See an ENT ASAP: Just saw this posting... See an ENT asap if you are still hearing the noise with decreased hearing. This needs to be treated asap... You may have a sudden hearing loss from the noise trauma.

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