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A 31-year-old member asked:

sudden hearing loss following ringing in ears for years. what caused that?

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Dr. Michael Armstrong
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Ask an ENT: It could be nerve damage, fluid or simply wax. An ear, nose and throat specialist can quickly get to the bottom of it and recommend treatment.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Various reasons: Sudden hearing loss- what was the reason? Loud explosion can rupture ear drum or permanently damage the hearing apparatus. This can also cause annoying ringing in the ear- tinnitus. Or you may have something called menier's disease. You need to get checked by an ent.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Should I be concerned that my baby has an ear infection?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Ear infections are common and many children have one or two in the first two years. If they are becoming recurrent, than I am concerned and want more information. Often diet can be a factor, or starting daycare, or if you moved to a new location. Garlic and willow drops (or garlic and mullein or garlic and goldenseal) in the ear as drops can help alleviate pain.
A member asked:

What are the causes of ear infections?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Ears are connected..: ...To the nose on the inside, with a tunnel called the eustacian tube. Anything that happens in the nose, can affect the ear.
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
The most common cause of ear infection is that the Eustachian tube isn't working. This results in a negative pressure, like a small vacuum. The negative pressure can be strong enough to pull fluid from the delicate tissues lining the middle ear. Once there is fluid, bacteria from the nose can then infect it. There are several reasons for the Eustachian tube to not work, including colds/allergy
Aug 16, 2013
A member asked:

If my baby tugs on his ears does he have an ear infection?

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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in General Practice
Not necessarily: While it's true that some children with ear infections tug on their ears because they hurt, some babies pull on their ears because of ear wax, something itches, or they just discovered their ears were there. Kids with ear infections tend to have a fever, have trouble sleeping because the pain increases when they lie down, and be generally fussy. So look for other clues in addition to tugging.
A 22-year-old female asked:

I have a hard painful lump by my ear next to my jaw line. My jaw clicks when I yawn or move it a certain way. Is this symptoms of tmj, and should I see a dentist for this?

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Dr. Marc Newman
Dentistry 10 years experience
ENT: I would see an ent. The click in your jaw joint (TMJ) and the lump behind your ear are most likely independent of each other. It is normal for your jaw to click. A sign of tmd (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is when there is pain associated with your joint. If you're having pain in your tmj, then i would see your dentist to help manage that.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

What would cause my son's ear to bleed slightly after having swimmers ear?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Inflammation: Is the cause of swimmers ear. The skin gets wet and boggy and inflamed and it could bleed from that or if he picks it at all it could bleed. If he had a middle ear infection as well and the eardrum perforated it could bleed. None of these are terrible problems. If you are concerned it is always a good idea to have it checked out.

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