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Doctor insights on: External Meatus Ear

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Meatus (Definition)

In human anatomy a meatus is referenced usually referenced as an opening to a canal. For example the auditory meatus is the opening in your ear that opens into your hearing canal that transmits sounds to your to your brain for interpretation. Likewise the urinary meatus opens into your urethra through ...Read more


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Which part of ear could be damageg by loud noise? Inner ear? Middle ear? Eardrum?

Which part of ear could be damageg by loud noise? Inner ear? Middle ear? Eardrum?

Inner Ear: Loud noise damages the microscopic hair cells in the inner ear. This damage manifests itself as tinnitus. Only an extremely loud, concussive blast ( like a bomb exploding) can rupture an eardrum. I've noticed you are asking many, many questions on tinnitus and hearing loss. You really need to see an ear specialist to examine your ears and do a hearing test. ...Read more

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Ear infection affecting ear temperature? Can an ear infection affect ear thermometer readings?

Ear infection affecting ear temperature? Can an ear infection affect ear thermometer readings?

Yes: I believe it can. When an eardrum is red and inflamed it generates heat so to me it has always made sense that the ear infected side might have a higher ear temp than the other side. I do not like ear thermometers. I like the digital ones tat beep. For me they are more accurate. ...Read more

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Does retracted ear drums cause an infection?

Does retracted ear drums cause an infection?

NO: Retracted ear drums are probably result of infection not the cause. ...Read more

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Symptoms of ear infection or fluid behind ear drum?

Symptoms of ear infection or fluid behind ear drum?

Pain, hearing issue: In acute otitis there is pain, decrease hearing in kids fever, vomiting and sometimes abdominal pain. In chronic form it decrease in hearing might be the only symptom. ...Read more

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Could muffled hearing from a perferated ear drum heal its self?

Could muffled hearing from a perferated ear drum heal its self?

Sometimes: The size of the perforation is critically important. A perforation of less than 3 mm. often can heal spontaneously. But it is imperative to know if there is any chronic middle ear infection. If a small traumatic perforation is present in the absence of infection, the perforation may heal itself. ...Read more

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Can't hear in left ear pushed ear wax in?

Can't hear in left ear pushed ear wax in?

OTC vs ENT doc: Try OTC products to rinse out ear wax. If unsuccessful, see ENT for removal. ...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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Clogged ear feeling but no ear infection. Is that ear canal, tube?

Clogged ear feeling but no ear infection. Is that ear canal, tube?

Eustachian Tube: A clogged ear with no infection or fluid in the ear is usually the result of a poorly functioning eustachian tube. This is the connection from the middle ear to the nose, responsible for maintaining proper air pressure in the ear.When clogged, the ear feels full or stuffy. ...Read more

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Have scalp dermatitis in ear; outer ear canal transient numbness/"sensations"1-2 x/day/1-2 minTreatment?

Have scalp dermatitis in ear; outer ear canal transient numbness/"sensations"1-2 x/day/1-2 minTreatment?

Ear dermatitis /numb: Is it just dermatitis (eczema) or psoriasis? and though not the usual rash make sure with numbness it is not lyme disease. Sometimes get scalp dermatitis from food allergies , so may do elimination diet off dairy x 14 days then off gluten x 14 and see if a difference. Would follow up with dermatologist ...Read more

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Bloody discharge with otitis externa swimmers ear?

Bloody discharge with otitis externa swimmers ear?

See an ENT: The best treatment for swimmer's ear, before any medications, is a professional cleaning to remove the infected wax. For prevention, an acidified alcohol solution may be used after swimming. A bloody ear could be a perforation. See a specialist first. Do not use any home remedies if you may have a perforation. ...Read more

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Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Wording confusion: There are 3 basic compartments of the ear mechanism. The outer canal, the middle ear with ear bones & the inner ear that is encased in the skull bone.The inner ear handles the hearing mechanism & position sense.You cannot reach it with drops.Drops are sometimes used for canal infections or middle ear pbs if tubes are present.Some drops used for canal infections can be used for middle ear infect. ...Read more

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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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Could wearing ear plugs cause an ear infection?

Could wearing ear plugs cause an ear infection?

External otitis: Wearing ear plugs for long periods of time can lead to inflammation of the external ear canal skin. The ear plugs will not cause a middle ear infection. If an external ear infection occurs, simple remedies like vosol (acetic acid and propylene glycol) otic with hydro-cortisone (vosol (acetic acid and propylene glycol) (acetic acid and propylene glycol) is like vinegar) are helpful. Simply stopping the use of the ear plugs for an extended period of time would also help. ...Read more

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Are hemorrhoids just inside the anal canal considered external hemorrhoids?

Are hemorrhoids just inside the anal canal considered external hemorrhoids?

Pain: External hemorrhoids are painful. These are hemorrhoids near nerves and you'll know you have them from pain and irritation. Painless hemorrhoids are usually internal but may prolapse and you notice them when cleaning. Either one can affect your life. If so see your doctor for a referral to a colo-rectal surgeon. Improve your quality of life. ...Read more

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Blocked ear tube removed due to Autophony pulsatile tinnitus Tube was sitting on ear drum surface no hole after removal. Could tube be symptom cause?

Blocked ear tube removed due to Autophony pulsatile tinnitus Tube was sitting on ear drum surface no hole after removal. Could tube be symptom cause?

TINNITUS/VERTIGO: IF THE SYMPTOMS DISAPPEARED, IT MAY HAVE BEEN FROM THE TUBE. Make sure you have a through ENT consult and Neuro consult. Get a second opinion full lab work up TFTS/VITD/B12/ Folate/LYME TITERS/ACEI LEVEL/. Mri of brain and spinal cord if symptoms persist or worsen. Also start low salt &GF diet WholeApproach.com ...Read more

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Do outer ear infections spread to the middle ear?

Do outer ear infections spread to the middle ear?

Not typically: If the tympanic membrane (eardrum) is intact, it serves as a barrier that protects the middle ear from organisms which may enter the external ear canal. If the tympanic membrane is perforated (e.g. From trauma) or surgically opened (e.g. For ear tubes), then there is a direct route for passage of infectious organisms from the outer ear into the middle ear space. ...Read more

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Retracted ear drum pain with no infection. ?

Serous otitis: This could be serous otitis (fluid behind your ear drum) or eustachian tube dysfunction. If you have fluid in your ear your hearing should be significantly decreased in the ear, and when you hum you should hear it louder in the affected ear. Eustachian tube dysfunction means the tube between your ear and nose is inflamed or narrow. I have seen sudden nerve hearing loss present as well. See ent. ...Read more