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Inner Ear (Overview)

The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and the semi-circular canals (balance).


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What is inner ear?

What is inner ear?

Inner ear: The inner ear is inside the ear and drums to absorb sound are apparent. Fluid usually circulates through the semi-circular canals and is absorbed if you have allergies, a cold or eustachian dysfunction. If the inner drum does not absorb fluids, infection, symptoms can occur that can be discomforted. Contact virtual appt at health tap if need more info. Welcome, Dr. Ivy Fisher

Inner Ear (Overview)

The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and the semi-circular canals (balance).


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What is the definition or description of: inner ear?

What is the definition or description of: inner ear?

Internal part of ear: The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and the semi-circular canals (balance).

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or shower cap when showering)
Daily
Use eardrops as directed
Daily
Use Tylenol or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
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What is in the inner ear that would cause black outs?

What is in the inner ear that would cause black outs?

Balance organ: the inner ear is also responsible for balance. Can cause vertigo. Not usually black outs. See your MD ASAP.

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
Once
Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
Once
Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
Once
Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
Once
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What's the best way to treat imbalance due to inner ear ?

What's the best way to treat imbalance due to inner ear ?

Mecluzine ?: Need to see an ENT doctor, you may have vertigo from inner ear congestion or infection. Possible medications to be used are, meclizine, steroids, antibiotics , decongestants. Let your doctor decide what's best for your condition.

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What can cause your inner ear to tickle and sometimes itch?

What can cause your inner ear to tickle and sometimes itch?

Skin inflammation: Almost all of my patients with this complaint "clean their ears." they use qtips or peroxide or other measures to remove wax from the canal. The wax is there for a reason - it protects the ear canal skin. When the skin is unprotected it gets inflamed and can itch. Stop cleaning your ears! other reasons can include sensitivity to shampoos, soaps or hair products that get in the ear.

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If you're off-balanced, should you check your inner ear health?

If you're off-balanced, should you check your inner ear health?

Yes: If any balance problems last more than a week or so, or if they are severe, get it checked out. Other concerning things might be associated hearing loss, ringing, and pain or drainage from the ears. You can look up some balance exercises online to help with the balance in the meantime. Your local ENT will evaluate you and likely test the hearing as well. Best wishes!

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Will flying make inner ear /balance symptoms worse ? Or aggravate when better ?

Likely, yes: The air pressure changes of flying should not affect the inner ear problem, but movement of the plane without the ability to see outside the plane will likely make the balance problem worse temporarily. This will also likely aggravate the problem when you are better.

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Starting to suspect something wrong with the inner ear. What kind of disorder or problem would cause discomfort?

Starting to suspect something wrong with the inner ear. What kind of disorder or problem would cause discomfort?

Inner ear problem: Discomfort is a difficult symptom to assign a specific cause to. Your best course is to see an otolaryngologist for a complete head and neck examination. Your work-up will most likely include a hearing test +/- balance test depending on your symptoms. A special MRI may be needed.

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Feels like something is zapping my inner ear! it's like static in headphones but i get it without headphones on! what is wrong?

Feels like something is zapping my inner ear! it's like static in headphones but i get it without headphones on! what is wrong?

See your ENT doctor: See your ENT doctor. It could be as simple as a small hair rubbing on your ear drum. But you do not want to poke a hole in your ear drum trying tom get it out. Could also be an infection, or tinnitus- which is from latin for ringing bells. See a professional.

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What is inner ear weakness?

What is inner ear weakness?

Reduced function: This indicates that one inner ear is not functioning normally, so it is called weakness of the vestibular system. This is usually determined by a vng( video nystagmogram).

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What is inner ear symptoms ?

What is inner ear symptoms ?

Vestibular neuritis: vertigo, nausea, vomiting and trouble with balance. See ENT for diagnosis and treatment.

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I have an inner ear problem.Please help?

I have an inner ear problem.Please help?

Question?: Not sure what the question is but if this is true, go see an ENT to help out.

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What are remedies for inner ear disorders?

What are remedies for inner ear disorders?

Too non-specific: We need to know what specifically you are talking about. Inner disorders could be vertigo, hearing loss (sudden or gradual) tinnitus (usually central in origin), meniere's disease, labyrinthitis, positional vertigo or even an autoimmune disorder involving the inner ear. In general there a few treatments for inner ear disorders unless you know more specifically what you mean.

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What are the symptoms of inner ear disorder?

Hearing loss vertigo: The inner ear controls balance and hearing. If disrupted, decreased hearing or vertigo or both occur. If you're having these symptoms, see your doctor or an ENT doctor.

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How can I tell if I have an inner ear problem?

How can I tell if I have an inner ear problem?

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.