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Inner Ear Equilibrium Problems
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
I have middle ear fluid, chronic tinnitus, hearing difficulties, ear fullness and severe balance issues. Would myringotomy tubes or hearing aids help?
Tests: If the problem is hearing, we order a hearing test. If the problem is balance, there is an array of vestibular testing that we can order (vng or eng). These test can test if your balance disorder is due to your vestibular system or is it related to something else related to your brain. Also it can tell is which side you are the problem is on. ...Read more
Perhaps: An inner ear infection is extraordinarily rare and is either from meningitis or acute otitis media that has spread, to the inner ear causing deafness and profound vertigo. If you really did have an inner ear infection i would expect you to, have these and other symptoms such as deafness. Mild dizziness and tinnitus are common in otitis media and usually resolve as the fluid behind the drum resolves. ...Read more
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
No: Ear wax would not affect Eustachian tube function in either ear. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can cause tinnitis, pain and crackling in both ears other than tmj, etd and inner ear infection?
See otologist: Sounds like you've seen an ENT doc. I think you need a more specialized opinion. From an otologist. An otologist is an ENT doc who has done a fellowship in ear disease only. Aside from ear and TMJ, no other viable cause of tinnitus exists. Also Make sure you've ruled out TMJ not by a dentist, but a TMJ expert. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can impacted ear wax cause Eustachian Tube Dysfunction? Can it cause fluid to build up in middle ear? Starting to think issues started cause ear wax.
Depends: It really depends on the cause so accurate diagnosis vital. If one ear has weakness then balance retraining therapy helps. If both inner ears weak then not much is useful. For chronic inner ear imbalance try as much as possible to avoid antidizzy drugs as they can impair the brain's ability to compensate. Suggest evaluation by neurootologist who specializes in hearing and balance disorders. ...Read more
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