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Causes Of Inner Ear Numbness
The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and ...Read more
Skin inflammation: Almost all of my patients with this complaint "clean their ears." they use qtips or peroxide or other measures to remove wax from the canal. The wax is there for a reason - it protects the ear canal skin. When the skin is unprotected it gets inflamed and can itch. Stop cleaning your ears! Other reasons can include sensitivity to shampoos, soaps or hair products that get in the ear. ...Read more
Starting to suspect something wrong with the inner ear. What kind of disorder or problem would cause discomfort?
Inner ear problem: Discomfort is a difficult symptom to assign a specific cause to. Your best course is to see an otolaryngologist for a complete head and neck examination. Your work-up will most likely include a hearing test +/- balance test depending on your symptoms. A special MRI may be needed. ...Read more
Several thongs: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Yes: Loud noise - whether just one episode or sustained - can definitely damage the inner ear and is one of the single most prevalent causes of non-age-related or congenital hearing loss. Hearing protection and precautions are extremely important - even with everyday devices like headphones. If you area concerned about hearing loss, please see an audiologist and/or and ent. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Labyrinth: The outer ear is considered the pinna, ear canal, and ear drum. The middle ear consists of three small bones with a connection to the back of the throat. The inner ear is two parts, the cochlea that contains hair cells that respond to sound waves and the labyrinth that is fluid filled and responds to movement. If this movement detector is damaged or inflammed you will feel dizzy with vertigo. ...Read more
Rocks in head: We have little rocks in our head, called otoliths. As they roll around as our head moves, they stimulate little hairs which the brain interprets so that we have a sense of balance. If the stones can't move because of fluid, pus or bacteria, our sense of balance is affected. ...Read more
Can a inner ear problem cause you to have warm sensations on the left side of your head and or spasm's?
Inner Ear/Sensations: Warm sensations with spasms do not suggest to me a simple inner ear problem unless it is associated with dizziness and ringing in the ear. I would have a doctor take a look and do an MRI to see if there is another reason for the spasm. I would be concerned about other neurological problems because of the spasms. ...Read more
I have pain on the lower left side of the head near the neck, and pressure in the inner ear. What could be the causes?
Pressure: That area is where your mastoid bone is. Thick area that sticks out and your neck muscles insert onto. It is possible that you have middle ear fluid and the inner part of the bone communicates with your middle ear and that could cause your symptoms. Also you could have a neck problem. There are special muscle to your ear that when irritated effect your hearing. ...Read more
Dizziness: Dizziness can mean 1 of 2 things; lightheadedness & vertigo. Lightheadedness is feeling like you're about to faint or pass out & may get nauseated. It is relieved by lying down. It is not serious & usually is caused by drop of blood pressure or blood flow to head when u get up too fast. Vertigo is feeling like you or surroundings are moving, as if u r spinning or falling. It is most likely anxiety ...Read more
Dizziness: Dizziness can mean 1 of 2 things; lightheadedness & vertigo. Lightheadedness is feeling like you're about to faint or pass out & may get nauseated. It is relieved by lying down. It is not serious & usually is caused by drop of blood pressure or blood flow to head when u get up too fast. Vertigo is feeling like you or surroundings are moving, as if u r spinning or falling. It is most li ...Read more
Depends: The answer depends on the severity of the infection and the bacteria or virus causing it. If truly with an accompanying inner ear issue, an antihistamine or decongestant medication, even one such as "antivert" (meclizine) may help with symptoms of dizziness, etc. And once treated with antibx if needed and meds as above, you should get better in a few days. If not, then see ENT dr. Good luck. ...Read more
Many causes: There are many causes of dizziness. Inner ear dizziness feels like spinning, and it can be dangerous but usually isn't. If it feels more like lightheadedness (faint) then dehydration or heart problems can be to blame. Many people just feel dizzy for no detectable reason. See a doctor to start figuring it out. ...Read more
Could you have an inner ear issue that cause lightheaded constant daily for 6 yrs swaying feeling sometimes?
If my hearing and balance tests were normal, then does that mean my vertigo is caused by something besides the inner ear?
Does having a head cold cause dizziness after the cold has past? What if you don't know if you have an inner ear problem? Could a cold bring it out?
I mean when I asked about my diziness drs gave me betaserc 16mg medication and told me to take it rest of my life cause no solution for the inner ear?
Inner ear: Betaserc is for the treatment of meniere's disease (which is vertigo -room spining-, tinnitus, hearing loss, and ear fullness) although it can occur in those under 18 - it is not as common. There are other conditions that cause vertigo youngsters and those can be migraine related. I would see an "otologist" (dr who just treats ear prb) if one is not sure of the diagnosis or treatment recommended. ...Read more
None: Inner ear disorders cause vertigo (and/or hearing loss) but not lightheadedness. The latter can be caused by blood flow problems to the brain, nutritional issues or intrinsic brain problems but these are different from vertigo which is the subjective sensation of motion in the absence thereof. Head to your pcp or an ENT to talk about the difference. ...Read more
See an ENT doc: This could be meniere's disease. There are 4 symptoms that characterize this: intermittent verigo associated with pressure in the ear, ringing in the ear, and hearing loss. The episodes last less than 24 hours and are recurrent. You should see an ENT doc to accurately diagnose your condition. ...Read more
Acute vertigo: Acute vertigo, a perception of movement, from an inner ear disorder can be constant and last up to three weeks but gradually improves. A chronic inner ear disorder usually has no symptoms when one isn't moving. So if it more than three weeks and constant even when still then consider medications, low cardiac output condition, neurological condition, anxiety. See ENT for evaluation. ...Read more
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