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Can mold cause inner ear problems or middle ear problems?

Can mold cause inner ear problems or middle ear  problems?

Not typically: The middle ear and inner ear are generally inaccessible to mold pathogens., unless there is something unusual about your anatomy. Bacteria and viruses are the general troublemakers in those areas. Mold and yeast infections are very common in the outer ear. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Can otitis media infection in middle ear cause drowsiness and hearing problems?

Yes: Decreased hearing, noises in the ears and pain would be the most common symptoms. Drowsiness can occur with most illnesses. ...Read more

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Can outer ear infection cause ringing in ears?

Can outer ear infection cause ringing in ears?

Inner ear: Usually tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss, or damage to the inner ear. Wax in the ear canal can make tinnitus or ringing seem louder because you do not hear outside sounds as well. Best to consult with your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

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 more

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How does sinus infections affect the inner ear leading to imbalance and dizzyness?

How does sinus infections affect the inner ear leading to imbalance and dizzyness?

Interrelated: Your sinuses and ears are connected inside your head. So sinus congestion, infection and stuffiness can affect the pressure in your ears. This in turn can cause an imbalance and dizziness. If you are suffering, get to an ENT dr. ...Read more

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Could an ear infection cause hearing lose?

Could an ear infection cause hearing lose?

Depends on variables: The inner ear nerve is contained well within the strongest bone in the body away from direct contact with fluids or germs.However, a viral infection can travel to the nerve and cause permanent hearing loss. The middle ear is subject to various viral or bacterial infections, with transient reduction unless chronic and untreated.The outer ear canal can swell with swimmers ear, with transient effect. ...Read more

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Can inner ear disorders cause dizziness?

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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Can an inner ear infection cause dizzyness and sleeplessness?

Can an inner ear infection cause dizzyness and sleeplessness?

Sure: An inner ear infection can also cause inflammation of the semi-circular canals (the parts of the inner ear that sense your position in space). Once these get irritated, you can get dizzy. This can also affect how well you sleep. Rest, move slowly and return to see your physician if things are not improving in the next 2-3 days. Feel better! ...Read more

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Ear infection affecting ear temperature? Can an ear infection affect ear thermometer readings?

Ear infection affecting ear temperature? Can an ear infection affect ear thermometer readings?

Yes: I believe it can. When an eardrum is red and inflamed it generates heat so to me it has always made sense that the ear infected side might have a higher ear temp than the other side. I do not like ear thermometers. I like the digital ones tat beep. For me they are more accurate. ...Read more

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Can ear infections cause hearing loss?

Can ear infections cause hearing loss?

Yes: Not only can untreated ear infections cause temporary hearing loss, but if the ear does not heal, even if treated, may cause problems. That is why it is very important for your physician to follow the problem until it is healed. ...Read more

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Could a sinus infection cause balance problems?

Could a sinus infection cause balance problems?

Yes: A condition called vertigo can follow a viral illness and cause transient balance problems/ dizziness that resolves over time. ...Read more

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Could undetected inner ear infection cause delirium ?

Could undetected inner ear infection cause delirium ?

Depends: Development of delirium in a person depends on several factors including age and other illnesses that a person has. Best to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Symptoms of ear infection or fluid behind ear drum?

Symptoms of ear infection or fluid behind ear drum?

Pain, hearing issue: In acute otitis there is pain, decrease hearing in kids fever, vomiting and sometimes abdominal pain. In chronic form it decrease in hearing might be the only symptom. ...Read more

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Balance problems presumably caused by inner ear. Can that be menieres?

Balance problems presumably caused by inner ear. Can that be menieres?

Meniere's : Characterized by symptoms of ear fullness/pressure, fluctuating hearing loss, fluctuating loud tinnitus and episodes of spinning vertigo. If your symptoms are like this then yes it is possible you have meniere's. ...Read more

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What inner ear issue would cause off balance bending with forehead pressure?

What inner ear issue would cause off balance bending with forehead pressure?

Otoconia: Small gravels in the inner ear become loose and float with change of head position. Inner ear which controls balance becomes irritated and causes dizziness and off balance feeling. ...Read more

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Could TMJ cause sinus and balance problems?

Could TMJ cause sinus and balance problems?

TMJ balance: Tmj could definitely cause balance problems (inner ear inflammation), I have two patients now that have that problem and one fells better after adjusted bite and night guard and the other is being fitted for a night guard. As to the sinus, i suppose it it can because of pressure your applying to your teeth, but its not really a cause to a sinus infection, just tooth relation. See a dentist. ...Read more

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Help please! is dizziness and ear ringing normal with inner ear infection?

Help please! is dizziness and ear ringing normal with inner ear infection?

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

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How ents check inner ear problem?

How ents check inner ear problem?

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

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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Infection (Definition)

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