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Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Yes: If the swelling of the external ear canal from an outer ear infection is severe enough you can get a temporary hearing loss which can accentuate ringing in the ears. The ringing of the ears should be evaluated if the ringing persists once the outer ear infection has resolved. ...Read more

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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Can outer ear infection cause ringing in ears?

Can outer ear infection cause ringing in ears?

Inner ear: Usually tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss, or damage to the inner ear. Wax in the ear canal can make tinnitus or ringing seem louder because you do not hear outside sounds as well. Best to consult with your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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I get outer ear infections all the time. Ent said it was no big deal. What could cause constant outer ear infections. Ears are always itchy.

I get outer ear infections all the time. Ent said it was no big deal. What could cause constant outer ear infections. Ears are always itchy.

Common Problem: This is a relatively common problem. Keep water out of your ears (ear plugs in the shower) and try to quit scratching the itch (hard to do). A topical otc steroid cream placeed at the entrance to the ear canal fro several days may break the itching/scratching cycle. ...Read more

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Can ear infections lead to tinnitus? Can an ear infection cause a high pitched noise in one's ear?

Can ear infections lead to tinnitus? Can an ear infection cause a high pitched noise in one's ear?

Yes: Inner ear infection can lead to ringing (tinnitus) as it affects the semicircular canals. Fluid behind the ear occurs as a result of healing and can lead to a funny sound as well...Chiropractic, homeopathic, craniosacral therapies can all help realign the inner ear and promote drainage of the fluid and spped healing. ...Read more

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Can a sinus/ear infection cause right eye pain, temporal headaches, and pulsatile tinnitus in the ear? 26 y/o male, started 4 days ago after running

Can a sinus/ear infection cause right eye pain, temporal headaches, and pulsatile tinnitus in the ear? 26 y/o male, started 4 days ago after running

Go to ER: Your description is concerning for an aneurysm, arterial-venous fistula, or vascular dissection. I would recommend going to the emergency room as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can a sinus or ear infection cause right eye pain, right temple headache, and pulsatile tinnitus in the right ear?

Yes: Sinuses and ears are located close to eyes and all are interconnected. In fact, complication of infective thrombus originating from sinusitis is very well known in medical literature. If symptoms do not improve after 48 hrs of being on antibiotics, revisit your doctor. ...Read more

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I have an outer ear infection and have to catch 3 flights tomorrow. What can i do to minimize pain during the flight??? :(

I have an outer ear infection and have to catch 3 flights tomorrow. What can i do to minimize pain during the flight??? :(

Outer vs Middle: Outer ear infections (swimmers ear, external otitist) are not affected by changes in air pressure. Middle ear problems (otitis media - fluid behind eardrum) IS affected by air pressure changes. If outer ear and having pain, risky to take trip. If inner ear - risky to take trip. You can to things like decongestants, antibiotics. Still risky. Good luck!!!! ...Read more

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Is there a good cure for an outer ear infection?

Is there a good cure for an outer ear infection?

Antibiotic drops: Usually drops are used, as well keeping the ear dry (no water exposure). ...Read more

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How long does an outer ear infection last?

Until treated: It can last until successfully treated. Best to see your otlaryngologist for diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more