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Hearing Loss During Upper Respiratory Infections
Irritation of nerves: An infection in the region of the inner ear can lead to inflammation and irritation of the nerves that are associated with hearing. Furthermore, infection in the region of the temporal bone/mastoid bone can lead to fluid collections that "mute" the hearing as the action of hearing apparatus (a series of delicate bones) is dampened. ...Read more
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
Swelling of ear: It should only last as long as there is swelling of the tragus and ear canal. It should last 7-10 days at the most. ...Read more
It depends....: The usual ear infections, otitis media (fluid or infection in the middle ear) and otitis externa (swimmer's ear) can cause hearing loss during the infection, but hearing returns to normal after the infection resolves. A viral infection of the inner ear, on the other hand, can sometimes result in a permanent hearing loss. Check with your ENT doctor to see what you have. ...Read more
I have a weeping ear after an infection a few weeks back but just lately it's been blood stained. What could it be? I have some hearing loss also.
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Ear tubes: Patients who have an effusion or "fluid" present behind the ear drum for more than 90 days may have permanent damage to the hearing mechanism. For this reason patients who have fluid deep to the ear drum are often given ear tubes. This is a five minute office procedure for adult patients. Topical anesthetic is place on the ear drum, a microscopic cut placed, and a tube inserted in the incision. ...Read more
My 2 yr old has tubes due to recurrent infections and we believe she may have some hearing loss can they do anything other than surgery again?
If you think..: ...Your child may have hearing loss, ask your pediatrician to set you up for an audiology evaluation (a hearing test). It's not something that should be left, it should be taken care of asap. If there is hearing loss, and he already has tubes, surgery will not likely be the answer. If he has no hearing loss, you can discuss what the problem might be with your pediatrician. ...Read more
Two to three months: When you have a middle ear infection there is fluid accumulated in midle ear due to dysfunction of the eustaquian tube. Even with the fever and symptoms of acute infection (fever, pain) the fluids remains there for two to three months. During that time there can be some compromise to hearing due to blockade of the transmission of the sound waves to the inner ear and to the brain. ...Read more
Hearing loss when bend over and sounds like broken speakers. Have had 14 tube sets & bones replaced hearing always bad always have infections...?
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Infection- ear canal. Prescribed NeomycinPolymyxinDex. Been taking properly for 4 days; hearing got worse. True that this drug can cause hearing loss?
Unlikely: No, it's unlikely that this drug will cause hearing loss. If you had a hole in the ear drum then the solution (not the suspension) could cause some issues but that's incredibly rare. The decreased hearing is likely from the buildup of pus and wax in the ear canal. You can do a gentle irrigation to get some of that out. ...Read more
How long is it supposed to it take for an ear infection to cause permanent hearing loss in my 6 month old?
Depends: During any ear infection a kid will have temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the ear for up to 4-6 wks. If the infection & muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material. Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed & ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline if the ear bones don't stick together. ...Read more
I hav pain in my right ear and little hearing loss. Is it any infection? Is there a chance I of me getting deaf..
Otitis media?: With those symptoms you may have an ear infection, could be viral or bacterial. Doubtful you will go deaf with a minor ear infection. See a dr. To get an evaluation and examination with an otiscope (a device a dr. Uses to look into your ear), to be properly DX and treated, good luck. ...Read more
I had an ear infection for about 4 days all the pain is gone but the ringing noisebin the left ear and hearing loss should I be worried?
Some directions: First, make sure that infection completely gone, that sinuses and mastoids are clear, and eustachian tube is fully patent. Also, check that no cerumen is blocking external auditory canal. Get updated audiogram to objectify your ability to hear, and if there is severe issue, modern hearing aides would really help. ...Read more
Depends: Viral infections are known primarily as problems for the inner ear or the middle ear. Viruses attack the middle ear more often than the inner ear. Most viral infections of this space do not have any long term effect on hearing. Inner ear viral infections are rare, but can occur at any age, including prenatally. These can and do result in permanent hearing loss. ...Read more
Can hitting your eardrum with a qtip cause infection? I have a fullness in my ear and pain. Conserved about infection and hearing loss.
Usually not but: The question is whether the chicken or the egg comes first. Did you use the Qtip because something was not right with that ear? If so, it may just be a progression of the ear infection. Although unlikely it is also possible that you might have injured your ear drum with the QTip. Best to consult your physician. ...Read more
If someone is easily emotionally upset, does that contribute to ear problems? (ie. Ear infections, hearing loss etc.)?
Unlikely: These issues are unrelated.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can a dust mite allergy cause permanent hearing loss also I have no infection and I avoid loud sound always what else could it be thanks?
Maybe: If you had long standing fluid in your ears in your childhood and recurrent ear infections that have not been addressed adequately in your childhood, then it may lead to hearing loss. But if this a newer onset hearing loss, it is unlikely to be secondary to dust mite allergy and can be temporary if your nasal congestion is well controlled. ...Read more
I have middle ear effusion with hearing loss since an upper respiratory tract virus that began 2 months ago. The ear problem is for over a month.?
Please: See an ear nose and throat doctor for evaluation and management. Good luck ...Read more
Why am I having ear problems still? So in I had sinus infections for months then developed severe ear pain, ringing, hearing loss, numbness etc
I have pulsatile tinnitus and hearing loss from an middle ear or inner infection. It still feels full and echos when I walk? How long does it last?
Otitis media: After a middle ear infection, fluid in the middle ear takes a while to drain through the eustachian tube. It could take several weeks to clear. However, the symptoms of pulsatile tinnitus and hearing loss could indicate an inner ear or central neurologic/vascular problem, which requires that you see and ENT doctor for full exam and testing. There could be other problems that need to be evaluated. ...Read more
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