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Why is it that in a quiet room I hear my ears ringing?

Why is it that in a quiet room I hear my ears ringing?

No masking: When there is competing environmental sounds, the ringing in your ears can be "masked" or drowned out. This is why some physicians recommend the use of noise machines or air fans for those individuals who had difficulty sleeping due to the ringing when in a quiet setting. ...Read more

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In a quiet room I can hear a low noise in my ears, what is that?

In a quiet room I can hear a low noise in my ears, what is that?

Tinnitus: What you are describing is known as tinnitus. It could be a sign of hearing loss. You should see an ENT and have a hearing test. ...Read more

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My right ear feels stuffy and there is a very very slight ringing (when one is alone in a quiet room) and it only goes away after I take a shower?

My right ear feels stuffy and there is a very very slight ringing (when one is alone in a quiet room) and it only goes away after I take a shower?

Ear stuffy: This is likely Eustachian tube dysfunction. Congestion plugs the tube, or it is naturally narrow, and opening it or "popping" the ears may make it go away. Practice gently popping your ears through the day and it might go away. Get it checked if it gets worse. ...Read more

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Why do high pitched sounds like vacuum make me want to leave room? Hurt my ears.

Why do high pitched sounds like vacuum make me want to leave room? Hurt my ears.

May have hyperacusis: There is a condition called hyperacusis in which certain sounds can be painful. Sometimes it can occur in patients with underlying hearing loss. I recommend you see an ENT doctor to have a hearing test and an ear exam. ...Read more

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Other day I woke with ringing in my ear. Today I woke up with room spinning. What could be causing this?

Other day I woke with ringing in my ear. Today I woke up with room spinning. What could be causing this?

You are describing: Vertigo, which is an inner ear problem. Get some bonine and take 1 tab 3x/day to relieve symptoms. If not better in 10 days, see an ENT Dr. ...Read more

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A 5ft balloon under inflated popped near my ear I was wondering if that's going to be permanent damage and how many decibels is it Small room Thanks?

A 5ft balloon under inflated popped near my ear I was wondering if that's going to be permanent damage and how many decibels is it Small room Thanks?

You failed to: Mention exactly what you thought would be permanently damaged, There is no way to give you an exact decibel number for the balloon bursting. After loud and sudden noises in close proximity to the ear there is a dampening of ossicle vibration as a protective mechanism which creates 'muffled' hearing for a while, If hearing isn't back to normal in a few days consult an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I have this hissing sound in left ear SSs, it's annoying on and off and very noticeable when I'm in quite room. Scared that can be AN. Please advice!

I have this hissing sound in left ear SSs, it's annoying on and off and very noticeable when I'm in quite room. Scared that can be AN. Please advice!

Tinnitus: Tinnitus is actually a very complex perception of some type of noise or sound in the ears or head. There can be many causes. Common causes include wax in ears, fluid in middle ear (from cold/allergy), hearing loss, and tmj/clenching/grinding problems. This last one often gets overlooked. See an ENT for help. An exam, audiogram, and sometimes imaging will be done. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing a weird uncomfortable noise in my ear lately. Typically is noticed when it is silent. Any ideas?

I have been experiencing a weird uncomfortable noise in my ear lately. Typically is noticed when it is silent. Any ideas?

Tinnitus: The sound you "perceive" in the ear in the absence of an external stimulus is called tinnitus. Tinnitus is now considered to be of central origin (auditory nervous system in the brain). Although, there is no medication that will relieve the sound, you should be seen by an ENT doctor for an examination and a hearing test. ...Read more

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Experiences dizziness and the feeling of being unable to stand. Doesn't feel room spinning. Travels, often jetlagged. High trigly. Inner ear issue?

Experiences dizziness and the feeling of being unable to stand. Doesn't feel room spinning. Travels, often jetlagged. High trigly. Inner ear issue?

Probably: Vertigo or Meniere's disease. Patient will need ENT evaluation, vertigo testing and a medical workup to include blood testing and cardiac evaluation. ...Read more

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Room spinning off and on really bad when it hits it last for 10 seconds then goes away. What causes it? No ear ache. It just started an hour ago.

BPPV: The fact that the spinning lasts for seconds and is probably related to position sounds like benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (bppv). This is a disorder of the inner ear wherein loose calcium carbonate stones move and cause the inner ear balance mechanism to be activated. Time, head exercises, or vestibular rehab by a physical therapist will help. ...Read more

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I held in a sneeze and as soon as I got up the whole room started spinning. It has lasted 10 min probably more. I am leaning to one side with ear pain?

I held in a sneeze and as soon as I got up the whole room started spinning. It has lasted 10 min probably more. I am leaning to one side with ear pain?

Oooo... sounds bad: Humans are probably the only mammals who try to hold a sneeze. What happens to all that high air pressure? Where does it all go? Aside from trying to win at hide-n-seek, and a few other situations, it's not natural nor wise to contain that explosive sneeze. The pressure likely got into the ear's hearing and balance system... meaning a call to the ENT doctor if symptoms don't vanish later today. ...Read more

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If I'm not having any ear problems, and no spinning room, just dizzy headed when lowering my head and off balance, could it still be inner ear disease?

If I'm not having any ear problems, and no spinning room, just dizzy headed when lowering my head and off balance, could it still be inner ear disease?

Yes it can: Positional dizziness can be present, because there are three semicircular canals at right angles to one another and the imbalance can only be detected by certain movements. Best to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have bed bugs in my room. Earlier in the morning I hear wings flapping in my ear.

I have bed bugs in my room. Earlier in the morning I hear wings flapping in my ear.

Bed Bugs: The two species Cimex Cimicidae and Cimex Hemiptera just have what are called hemelytra. These are just very short fore wings and they do not give the bedbug any capability of flying. Maybe you have Mosquitos? ...Read more

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Does a fan in the room hurt my 9 month olds ear infection, also will fireworks hurt her?

Does a fan in the room hurt my 9 month olds ear infection, also will fireworks hurt her?

Ear infection: Fireworks may frighten young children but are otherwise not harmful. Close exposure to very loud noise, however, is not good for ears (hearing) with or without ear infection at any age. And there is no harm in using a fan if needed to control the room temperature for comfort. ...Read more

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When my ears pop the room spins visually and I completely lose balance. What could this be? It started two years ago and time I blew my nose too hard.

When my ears pop the room spins visually and I completely lose balance. What could this be? It started two years ago and time I blew my nose too hard.

Don'tDriveIfYouGetIt: Now, you don't mean to say that you've been stumbling around like this for the last two years, right? Driving. Swimming. Bathing. Changing the tiles on your roof? Anyway, it's due to an imbalance in the inner ear. In your case you blew air into it. If you still get those symptoms, blowing your nose or not, get yourself checked by an ENT specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a room mate who snores all night long. Ear plugs are hurting my ears. Advice?

I have a room mate who snores all night long. Ear plugs are hurting my ears. Advice?

Sleep apnes: Talk to your roommate about sleep apnea and the need to be evaluated. This is done with a sleep study. You may be saving your roommates life. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is having severe ear pain after using equate brand saline nasal rinse...should we go to the emergency room?

My boyfriend is having severe ear pain after using equate brand saline nasal rinse...should we go to the emergency room?

Hard to say: The ears and nose have no direct connection so I cant see where the nose spray has anything to do with it. The sudden ear pain could just be pressure (like landing in a plane) and yawning a few times could open the Eustachian tube and relieve it. It may also be a new onset ear infection, and an urgent care center would be a better place to start. ...Read more

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I'm having t tubes put in my ears next week. Being done in one of the main or rooms under general. Will I discharge from recovery room or same day care?

I'm having t tubes put in my ears next week. Being done in one of the main or rooms under general. Will I discharge from recovery room or same day care?

Hospital Policy: Most hospitals will not discharge you straight form the recovery room. They like you to go back to same day care for a small amount of time to ensure you are fully awake form any anesthetics after the more vigilant care of the recovery room. However, with a relatively short anesthesia time of tube placement, they may make exceptions. Would talk to the pre-op staff at the facility for their process. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you plug your ears or use ear plugs or go into a sound proof room, what do you hear?

Diminished sound: A sound proof room means that sound does not leave the room. Ear plugs decrease incoming sounds. So any noise within the room will be muffled. ...Read more

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Why do chloramphenicol eye drops need to be stored in the refrigerator while ear drops can be stored at room temperature?

Why do chloramphenicol eye drops need to be stored in the refrigerator while ear drops can be stored at room temperature?

Drop storage: Both can be stored at room temperature without any issue. These recommendations are based on what was studied by the company producing the drops and they have to be overly cautious on recommendations due to fda issues. ...Read more

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I have pain on right side of head behind my ear. I had my tooth pulled last week, should I be worried or go to the emergency room?

I have pain on right side of head behind my ear. I had my tooth pulled last week, should I be worried or go to the emergency room?

Definitely unusual: After tooth extraction to have headache. It could be mastoiditis, so you should see a doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Whenever im in a hot room and start to have sex with my partner I start to get nausea, dizzy, ringing in the ears and my vision goes black. Why?

Whenever im in a hot room and start to have sex with my partner I start to get nausea, dizzy, ringing in the ears and my vision goes black. Why?

Hmmm: The nervous system can sometimes cause these symptoms. Especially with physical activity that you describe however it sounds like you probably should get a full cardiovascular and neurological workup because of the visuals and possible heart circulation issues. Are you on any other medicines that could be causing this. ...Read more

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5 days ago I went to blow my nose and got room spinning and vomited. Right ear is still plugged and still have bad vertigo, how can I clear it up?

5 days ago I went to blow my nose and got room spinning and vomited. Right ear is still plugged and still have bad vertigo, how can I clear it up?

Labyrinthitis.: Congestion in the inner ear can lead to dizziness. This is called labyrinthitis, wherein the inflammation within the inner ear affects the balance mechanism therein, causing episodes of dizziness. Treating the allergies would make the dizziness go away. Feels very much like vertigo. ...Read more