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Ear Problems After Flying
I had the worst ear pain at 1600 ft elevation. I wasn't sick & have no history of ear problems. Should I be concerned about flying?
Yes: Severe ear pain when flying indicates inability to equalize pressure through the eustachian tube (the tube that connects the middle ear space to the back of the nose. This may be a a one time problem. But you can check et function with an audiologist who can determine et function with your being able to equalize a negative or a positive pressure with tympanometry. ...Read more
Problems with the ear include external infection, allergy to the skin, perforation of the eardrum, tinnitus (ringing), loss of hearing acuity, deafness, dizziness, balance disorder, problems after flying with air pressure, and many others. See your otolaryngologist ...Read more
Yes: Usual commercial aircraft have cabin pressures that are the same as on the ground. During takeoff and landing these pressures may change, but you can use decongestants, nose sprays, and clearing methods to keep the pressures stable. Yawning helps to open the inner ear, and chewing gum may also help. As your doctor for medication to take just before takeoff and landing to help. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on what your ear problems are. See an ENT doc for expert advice. ...Read more
Ears may: Pop when pressure is being equalized. However, if you have pain, drainage v hearing that is not resolving then med eval would be prudent. Take care. ...Read more
Hearing, balance: Problems with the ear include external infection, allergy to the skin, perforation of the eardrum, tinnitus (ringing), loss of hearing acuity, deafness, dizziness, balance disorder, problems after flying with air pressure, and many others. See your otolaryngologist to have these evaluated. ...Read more
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See Your Doctor: Your child's age is unknown. Children with prior history of recurrent ear infections and fluid are at risk for hearing loss, language delay (if very young), & poor school performance. It is important to have your child's ears checked to determine if there is an explanation for the "buzzing" (may occur with fluid in the middle ear), & hearing test. See your doctor for correct diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more
Need more info: I would need more information in order to treat you appropriately. I certainly would recommend that you see someone if you have an ear issue that is not resolving. It may very well be something quite minor. Then again, it could be something more serious depending on the specifics of your situation. ...Read more
Many things: Many things. Complicated organ. See an ENT doc for expert advice ...Read more
For the last two mornings, when I wake up and turn my head the room ends up spinning. I have never had issues with that. When I got up I was even stumbling a bit. What could cause the sudden change? No ear problems.
Maybe: I need more symptoms and need to do a physical exam in order to determine this. Are you nauseated? Do you have the sensation that the room is spinning? Is your gait altered? Do you get the 'room spinning' sensation when you turn your head upon waking up? If so, you very well could have an inner ear problem. See your doctor. ...Read more
Depends: It really depends on the cause so accurate diagnosis vital. If one ear has weakness then balance retraining therapy helps. If both inner ears weak then not much is useful. For chronic inner ear imbalance try as much as possible to avoid antidizzy drugs as they can impair the brain's ability to compensate. Suggest evaluation by neurootologist who specializes in hearing and balance disorders. ...Read more
If you have already: Seen your family physician, find out if ENT consultation is indicated. ...Read more
Too little facts: The doctor who knows most about ear problems is know as an otolaryngologist or ENT doctor. But your question is so non-specific that it cannot be easily answered. For example, ear pain may be arising from the jaw joint. Give us some more specific symptoms. ...Read more
Tests: If the problem is hearing, we order a hearing test. If the problem is balance, there is an array of vestibular testing that we can order (vng or eng). These test can test if your balance disorder is due to your vestibular system or is it related to something else related to your brain. Also it can tell is which side you are the problem is on. ...Read more
Fluctuating hearing: Loss from chronic middle ear effusion does not impact a child's intent to communicate socially, nor to engage in reciprocal social interaction or pretend play. See the m-chat on firstsigns. Org. A 12-month-old should point for desired objects; a 14-16 month-old should point to share interest & look at items to which parents point. Joint attention (shared interest) precedes social communication. ...Read more
Very easy: The pain associated with ear disease is usually associated with hearing loss and pressure or fullness of the ear. The pain associated with jaw joint or muscle spasm is usually associated with normal hearing, or no recent change in hearing. If the tympanic membrane (ear drum) is normal on inspection, it is highly unlikely that you have any problem with the ear. ...Read more
Maybe: If your dizziness is a feeling of movement, or spinning, it is more likely related to your inner ear. If it's mostly a feeling of light headedness, it's more likely related to your heart or blood pressure. If you get 20 min to several hour episodes of spinning with fullness and decreased hearing in one ear, that may be meniere's disease. See an ENT or neurologist to figure it out. ...Read more
Get checked out:
If it's so bad you can't work, you should see your md.
You may have an ear infection. Or wax impaction. Or something else.
Much of the time tinnitus means you have at least some degree of hearing loss and likely an ENT would get a hearing test on you to see what is going on. If there is sudden tinnitus and hearing loss or dizziness, sometime you need antibiotics, steroids or other medicine. ...Read more
Inner ear/neuro sxs: It may be the inner ear involvement would cause ringing in the ear, vertigo and balance problems, and hearing loss which could be subtle at first. Sometimes an acoustic neuroma or cholesteatoma or Menierre's dz can go undiagnosed for a long time. Hopefully, you are seeing an ENT specialist and neurologist to rule these things out. Symptoms can be intermittent or more noticable at times. ...Read more
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