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Is It Normal To Hear Like A Weird Sound In Ear Whilst Having An Ear Infection
Probably normal: I would have to know more about the sound., but I am guessing that it is crackling or popping which is usually air getting in to your ears as the fluid from the infection goes away. Sometimes the fluid moving can make a sound. If it is ringing, this could be a sign that the ear infection has spread to the inner ear and should be evaluated by with a hearing test and by an ENT (otolaryngologist). ...Read more
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
Yes: Ear infections have some type of abnormal fluid in the ear. This may move as you do, cause the swoosh. ...Read more
left ear infection & jaw pain on left side. When I lay down on left side, hear what sound like a pulse top of ear. Stops when lay on other side. Why?
Having wooshing? Sound in ear like I can hear my heart beat for about a year. Dr keeps saying ear infection but not going away&ha some bad can't do muc
Really bad ear infection in right ear and now hearing higher sound/pitch in that ear. What is this?
Had or have ear infection (17 days feels better)now when I swallow I hear a cracklings sound coming from my ear, no pain...
Very good sign!: After an ear infection, when the ear starts crackling that means that the fluid left over from the infection inside the middle ear is slowly draining out on its own with air slowly refilling the middle ear space. This may be a very long process, over several weeks - but the more crackling the better! Over time the ear and hearing should return to normal. ...Read more
My doctor said I don't have an ear infection, but he prescribed to me SUDOGEST, CETIRIZINE, and FLUCTICASONE. Do these help the wave sound that I hear?
Probably not: These meds are for sinus or nasal congestion, not for tinnitus which is what I believe you are describing. No medication specifically helps tinnitus. Your doc may be hoping that by clearing up any congestion you might get relief from what is most often an inner ear condition. These usually clear up spontaneously especially at your young age. ...Read more
I can barely hear on my right ear and when I swallow saliva I hear a pop sound. Is that a ear infection?
Fluid: It is likely that this is fluid. Not all middle ear fluid is infected - you can just have fluid without an associated infection. Infections usually have associated pain and/or fever. Best way to determine if an infection is present is for someone to look at it and see if there is redness and/or if the fluid present is cloudy and pussy. ...Read more
It's 2 weeks since my L middle ear infection, I can pop my ears and hear much better but when I swalow I hear quite a prominent popping/clicking sound? Is this the fluid still there or something else? I hear it when I do the valsavar maneuver as well
Do I have an ear infection? I have lost my hearing, my ear is very painful, when I blow my nose there is a crackling sound in my ear an its very sore
Sudden hearing loss (10-15 dbs), pulsating headaches, no visible ear infection, MRI is fine, sensitivity to sound, nausea (no vertigo) - help?
After infection clea:
It depends on the infection whether it is viral or bacterial and if there is residual fluid left behind the ear drum after the full course of antibiotics and reexamination by the doctor
if the infection has all clearedand there is no residual fluid behind the ear drum, your hering should return to normal gradually within 2to3 weeks. ...Read more
Hearing: After an ear infection, the ear drum will be swollen and there could be fluid in the middle ear. Both of these problems need to resolve before your hearing will get better. In children, there are those who take over 3 months for this process. For adults, we don't tolerate it that long. If your hearing isn't back to normal within a month, you should really see an ENT for a full ear evaluation. ...Read more
2-4 weeks: If not, then you should have your ears checked again to see if the infection is still present. You can also have fluid that remains after the infection, but that should be followed to make sure it resolves. ...Read more
When Healed: Not only when the infection is gone, but the fluid and damage is totally healed. This can take an average of 2-6 weeks in kids. ...Read more
Common: Quite commonly you may have a bit of hearing issues with an infected ear, particularly if there is fluid behind the eardrum. It should resolve within 10-21 days, sometimes sooner. ...Read more
Just finished meds for ear infection still can't hear & have paralysis in right side of face. Is this normal?
Had a bad ear infection that last few days, where my hearing was muffled and I couldn't hear, now if I pull my ear out it pops and I can hear. Normal?
Blocked ears: Yes can happen, your external ears can become blocked with wax/debris after infection, when you pull your ears out it pops and you can hear when the blockage becomes partially open, your doctor can perform ear wash or prescribe some ear drops to dissolve the impacted wax ...Read more
Ear infection gone (or is better) I have lost some hearing and have ringing in my year is there fluid left when fluid leaves will I return to normal?
Most likely: Up to half of all people with a properly treated ear infection will have residual fluid in the middle ear space. This fluid often will muffle sounds and cause hearing loss at some frequency. Once the cause of the infection (ie, a cold) has resolved and the swelling of the tube between the throat and the ear improved, your hearing should definitely improve. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more
I have ear infection, I'm taking amoxicillin for 3 days but my ear I still leant hear clear. Is this normal?
Normal: Antibiotics take some time to start working. If it does not start getting better in a week, you might need different antibiotics, such as z-pak or something along those lines. ...Read more
9mo had initial stages of ear infection & a cold. Coughing since Wednesday night, coughj is much better but sounds in her throat and rattly. Normal?
Prescribed cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) drops for an ear infection, placed 2 drops in the left ear and immediately experienced moderate hearing loss. Is this normal?
None unless...: Infrequent ear infection seldom affects later hearing as long as proper treatment is rendered even in cases with ear drum perforation. However, children who experience frequent infections with persistent middle ear effusion between the bouts of acute infections do develop hearing defect. ...Read more
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
Fluid: Most ear infections are caused from fluid in the middle ear. The fluid causes difficulty in hearing. It's a little like trying to hear under water. ...Read more
I think I may have an ear infection. It feels a bit like there's water in it. I can kind of hear myself in that ear. Is there anything I can do?
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Yes: Ear infections can progress and cause significant problems. Outer ear infections usually are treated with antibiotic drops. They can be quite troublesome and can bet very serious if one has diabetes. Middle ear infections are usually treated with oral antibiotics. Sometimes, they require incision and drainage of the ear drum. ...Read more
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
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