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If i'm not having any ear problems, and no spinning room, just dizzy headed when lowering my head and off balance, could it still be inner ear disease?

If i'm not having any ear problems, and no spinning room, just dizzy headed when lowering my head and off balance, could it still be inner ear disease?

Yes it can: Positional dizziness can be present, because there are three semicircular canals at right angles to one another and the imbalance can only be detected by certain movements. Best to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

Inner Ear (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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I've been on bed rest on my back for 2 months. When I sit up on bed I feel dizzy in the head until lay down. Do I have inner ear disease?

Unlikely: You are experiencing the blood pressure affects of prolonged bed rest making your blood vessels not contract as quickly as necessary to keep your blood pressure in your brain sufficient to keep you from being dizzy when you first try and get up. ...Read more

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Does Auto Immune Inner Ear Disease always cause major hearing loss or can it just cause dizziness? How do you test for AIED?

Does Auto Immune Inner Ear Disease always cause major hearing loss or can it just cause dizziness? How do you test for AIED?

AIED: causes sensorineural hearing loss. In addition to complaints of hearing loss, nearly half of autoimmune sensorineural hearing loss patients report other vestibuloauditory symptoms including aural fullness, tinnitus, lightheadedness, and vertigo. There is no single diagnostic examination or laboratory study. History and physical with an audiogram and some lab studies can be very useful. ...Read more

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I have autoimmune inner ear disease and just finished a pack of steroids two days ago. Blood blister inside cheek just appeared tonight. Panic?

I have autoimmune inner ear disease and just finished a pack of steroids two days ago. Blood blister inside cheek just appeared tonight. Panic?

Don't panic: A collection of blood under the lining of the mouth is usually from trauma, like biting. It would not be an expected side effect of prednisone, but steroids can impair wound healing, so that might explain it. If concerned, have it checked out in the next few days. ...Read more

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Can a hearing specialist (ent) literally see, (with mri's) the presence of inner ear fluid buildup that may result in the diagnosis meniere's disease?

Can a hearing specialist (ent) literally see, (with mri's) the presence of inner ear fluid buildup that may result in the diagnosis meniere's disease?

Would be unique: In most cases, the lower strength mri's in the range of 1.5 t, would not have the clarity or resolution to sort out. However, a higher field strength MRI in the range of 3.0 t or even higher, might distinguish such changes. ...Read more

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I have possible menieres disease, because of constant ear infections. But there is a chance for a tumor. What are the symptoms for inner ear tumor?

I have possible menieres disease, because of constant ear infections. But there is a chance for a tumor. What are the symptoms for inner ear tumor?

Unclear : 3 distinct issues. Ear infections, menieres syndrome and inner ear tumor. None of these issues has anything to do with the other. Menieres is fluctuating hearing loss with tinnitus and vertigo (comes and goes). Ear infections are pus in the middle ear leading to severe pain and hearing loss. An inner ear tumor (acoustic neuroma) presents with progressive difficulty hearing. Please see an ENT doc. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of inner ear disorder?

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. ...Read more

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Does all inner ear disorders come with nystagmus?

Does all inner ear disorders come with nystagmus?

Inner ear: All inner ear disorders do not come with nystagmus. You have to differentiate cochlear and vestibular problems which are both of the inner ear. Cochlear problems cause hearing loss and vestibular problems cause vertigo. Nystagmus is the eye responding to vestibular problems of the inner ear in some cases. Central neurologic problems which do not involve inner ear can cause nystagmus, as well. ...Read more

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Can I have fluid in the middle ear and an inner ear disorder at same time?

Can I have fluid in the middle ear and an inner ear disorder at same time?

Yes: You can have both of those things at the same time, independent of each other. ...Read more

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Floor feels like it drops when I stand. No spinning sensation. If I bend over head feels bouncy. Inner ear disorder ruled out. What else might it be?

Floor feels like it drops when I stand. No spinning sensation. If I bend over head feels bouncy. Inner ear disorder ruled out. What else might it be?

Many reasons: Lightheadedness after standing up can be due to orthostatic hypotension if your resting BP is too low or you're dehydrated. It can also occur due to bradycardia, or slowing of the heart rate (HR). You could also have some vasovagal component. See your primary care physician for more guidance. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/hypotension-orthostatic ...Read more

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Which inner ear disorder would cause you to be lightheaded 24/7?

None: Inner ear disorders cause vertigo (and/or hearing loss) but not lightheadedness. The latter can be caused by blood flow problems to the brain, nutritional issues or intrinsic brain problems but these are different from vertigo which is the subjective sensation of motion in the absence thereof. Head to your pcp or an ENT to talk about the difference. ...Read more

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Can inner ear disorders cause dizziness?

Yes: Your inner ear is responsible for balance and hearing. Any condition affecting the inner ear can affect these two fucntions. ...Read more

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Why can't ear fluid in the middle ear be seen with those who have inner ear disorders?

Isn't there: Those with inner ear issues do not by their diagnosis, need any middle fluid to be present.Inner ear disorders reflect an attack of the ear nerve, that usually comes through the bloodstream. Someone with inner ear disease can have incidental middle ear fluid and that may be visible. ...Read more

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Please tell me what inner ear disorder would cause you to be lightheaded 24/7?

Please tell me what inner ear disorder would cause you to be lightheaded 24/7?

Acute vertigo: Acute vertigo, a perception of movement, from an inner ear disorder can be constant and last up to three weeks but gradually improves. A chronic inner ear disorder usually has no symptoms when one isn't moving. So if it more than three weeks and constant even when still then consider medications, low cardiac output condition, neurological condition, anxiety. See ENT for evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do inner ear disorders make you dizzy?

Why do inner ear disorders make you dizzy?

Balance organ: The inner ear contains both the organ of hearing and an older system called the vestibular system. Injury to the vestibular system usually causes the symptom of vertigo (spinning sensation). This critical system normally functions to orient your head in space and head to the rest of the body. Probably, the most common reason for an injury to this balance system is a viral infection. ...Read more