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What should my next steps be? I have acute otitis media that was accompanied with hearing loss in my right ear that came from a cold i had last week, i went to th ER and given meds and started the regemine and still have somee pain along with the prolonge

What should my next steps be? I have acute otitis media that was accompanied with hearing loss in my right ear that came from a cold i had last week, i went to th ER and given meds and started the regemine and still have somee pain along with the prolonge

You : You should consult with an ENT in your area. Many times, an episode of acute otitis media will result in a middle ear effusion (fluid behind the eardrum) that may take much more time to resolve than the actual acute infection. I would make sure you have been given the appropriate medications from the er (you did not state what was given) usually an antibiotic aimed at appropriate/common bacteria that cause middle ear infections, and sometimes steroids are prescribed. Unless you had a perforation, ear drops are not effective. It sounds as if your pain has improved, so you are probably resolving the acute infection. The decreased hearing may persist in some cases for weeks after the initial infection, however, a good exam, as well as an audiogram will be helpful in determining where you are in the course of the disease, as well as any potential complications and time course until resolution. In some instances (for example, after a period of observation (3-6 weeks) without any improvement) a small incision in the eardrum may be necessary to alleviate pressure and inflammation and drain the fluid from the middle ear. But that course is, thankfully, usually unnecessary. For now, see your local otolaryngologist, and make sure that you are on the right medicaitons. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


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How are hearing loss and otitis media related?

How are hearing loss and otitis media related?

Hearing loss/OM: You hear when sound waves jiggle your eardrum, which in turn moves the tiny bones in the middle ear. They then send signals to the inner ear, up to the brain and then you hear. In otitis media, there is often fluid or pressure problems in that middle ear space that makes the movement of those tiny little bones poor at best, so affects the transmission of the sound waves through the middle ear. ...Read more

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Can otitis media leads to hearing loss? Reversible?

Can otitis media leads to hearing loss? Reversible?

It can : Yes it can. Conductive hearing loss is a form of hearing impairment due to a lesion in the external auditory canal or middle ear.Untreated chronic ear infections can lead to conductive hearing loss; draining the infected middle ear drum will usually return hearing to normal. Development of cholesteatoma-related to chronic otitis media- can also lead to hearing loss. ...Read more

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I have otitis-media ear infection and some hearing loss, how to unblock my eustachian tubes?

I have otitis-media ear infection and some hearing loss,  how to unblock my eustachian tubes?

Time: You can try popping your ears, but mostly it is just a matter of time. 50% of people no longer have fluid that is causing the hearing loss at one month after the infection, 90% no longer have fluid at 3 months after the infection. If your hearing is still down at 3 months, you should see an ent. ...Read more

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What can I do about a otitis-media ear infection and some hearing loss?

What can I do about a otitis-media ear infection and some hearing loss?

Hearing loss: Hearing loss due to otitis media usually resolves once the infection is controlled provided you do not have a perforated ear drum. ...Read more

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Otitis media after a virus w/mixed hearing loss. Fluid is gone. I can hear outside noises better than my voice which sounds faint in my own head. Why?

Otitis media after a virus w/mixed hearing loss. Fluid is gone. I can  hear outside noises better than my voice which sounds faint in my own head. Why?

Mixed Hearing Loss: A mixed hearing loss means that there is both conductive hearing loss (related to the ear drum or middle ear bones or space) and sensorineural hearing loss (nerve damage). The fluid in the ear causes the conductive loss, so if the fluid is gone, there might be some residual sensorineural hearing loss. You should probably get this checked out with a hearing test to make sure. ...Read more

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Acute otitis media, how long does it last?

Acute otitis media, how long does it last?

Few days: Acute otitis media should feel better within 24-48 hours of treatment...Then the acute part is resolved. It can take 3-10 days to heal completely and occasionally one will have fluid behind the drum for a few weeks afterwards and that is fine. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do about acute otitis media or otitis media w/ effusion?

Is there anything i can do about acute otitis media or otitis media w/ effusion?

Some self heal: In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out. It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection.Pain control with heat, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help.Some viral infections disappear in a few days without help.However, some infections can become chronic, abscess the bone near the ear and need to be surgically drained. Infants should see their doc. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest treatment of acute otitis media..?

Can you please suggest treatment of acute otitis media..?

OTITIS MEDIA is-: Middle ear infection. Bacteria enters from upper respiratory tract/nose thru the eustacian tube. As middle ear is a close empty cavity, bacteria grows easily. Treatment is antibiotic for about 10 days which is a prescription med. For relief of pain, take Ibuprofen as per weight. Keep nose clean, drink enough water. Make appointment with your primary care doc. For an exam and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Hearing Loss (Definition)

Hearing loss, or hearing impairment, is a partial or total loss of the ability to hear and can affect one or both ears. Causes of hearing loss include noise, genetics, aging, infections, or trauma. Hearing loss may be temporary or permanent. Most causes of hearing loss are correctable or treatable. Sufferers should consult ...Read more


Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. It can be filled with mucus type fluid, thin serum like fluid, or pus. A middle ear infection occurs when the middle ear is filled with pus and the ear drum is also very ...Read more