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Doctor insights on: Middle Ear Effusion In Adults

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Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Otitis media with effusion in adults causes ringing in the ears?

Ringing: Ear fluid can definitely cause ringing. When the fluid resolves, the ringing will get better (along with your hearing). ...Read more

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How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

Otitis media: Hello, that is a very good question. It is rather uncommon for adults to develop middle ear infections. Once the facial bones reach maturity, the angle of the eustachian tube maximizes to prevent bacteria from reaching the middle ear. Unless etd occurs, an adult should outgro otitis media. ...Read more

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Chronic blocked eustachian tube in adults-my husband has had an implant in the art drum to try to drain the middle ear but this has blocked up again?

Chronic blocked eustachian tube in adults-my husband has had an implant in the art drum to try to drain the middle ear but this has blocked up again?

Tube may be plugged: Sometime pe (pressure equalization) tubes fail. When they do return of symptoms is common. Also, pe tubes can be expected to remain in the ear drum for months to years, depending on the type. He should be reevaluated by his ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Adult. left ear - outer and middle ear infection. Taking meds. Pain is worse and severe. Pain spread to throat and side of head. Do I need to go to ER?

Adult. left ear - outer and middle ear infection. Taking meds. Pain is worse and severe. Pain spread to throat and side of head. Do I need to go to ER?

Check first: Contact the doctor who prescribed the current treatment and explain the change in your condition. The ER is always "open," but being seen by the same doctor who treated the original condition is usually more helpful. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for otistis media with effusion? I have it and it is pretty disturbing with the fullness in my ears.

What is a good treatment for otistis media with effusion? I have it and it is pretty disturbing with the fullness in my ears.

See below: Otitis media with effusion(OME) is less common in adults than in children. In children it follows acute otitis media. In adults it's usually due to Eustachian tube dysfunction. ETD can be the result of sinusitis, allergy, deviated septum, nasopharyngeal tumor, large tonsils or adenoids or frequent URI's. Antibiotics and corticosteroids/decongestants not usually helpful SEE: http://bit.ly/2bOuEer ...Read more

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I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?

I have a ringing in one ear following otitis media with effusion, will this ringing go away when the fluid drains away?

Tinnitus and Otitis: Yes. Generally the ringing in the ears will subside once the otitis abates and the fluid is absorbed. Tinnitus is very annoying, so let's hope it disappears sooner than later! ...Read more

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I have otitis media with effusion and my ears have been slightly popping all morning when swallowing, is this good or bad?

I have otitis media with effusion and my ears have been slightly popping all morning when swallowing, is this good or bad?

Likely improving: Eustachian tube allows middle ear mucous to drain into the throat & air to circulate behind the ear drum.As the infection begins to clear, you will often have periods when the tube opens for a period letting air in (popping) or periods where it is still full of fluid or closed.I see the feature as a sign things are improving. ...Read more

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Recently i got told i had otitis media with effusion and ringing started in my left ear, does this ringing go away when the fluid drains out?

Usually yes: Otitis media is an ear infection. In bacterial ear infections, it can take a month for the fluid in the ear to completely resolve. The fluid may be causing the ringing. If the ringing does not go away, you should be re-evaluated. ...Read more

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Feel fluid sloshing around when i move my head around in left ear only. Ear muffled--cannot hear well. I have tinnitus. Is this shl or etd or effusion?

Feel fluid sloshing around when i move my head around in left ear only. Ear muffled--cannot hear well. I have tinnitus. Is this shl or etd or effusion?

Ear fluid: Hello. The answer to your question is that each possibility could exist. A complete audiometric evaluation with a tympanogram could help answer your questions. See your ENT who will review these questions in more detail. ...Read more

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Can barotrauma from a airplane be mistaken as otitis media with effusion? Do they look similar on a ear exam with a otoscope?

Can barotrauma from a airplane be mistaken as otitis media with effusion?  Do they look similar on a ear exam with a otoscope?

Not usually: Barotrauma may perforate the tympanic membrane whereas infection can cause fluid to accumulate, with perforation a late consequence. Ent eval may be helpful. ...Read more

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About how long does it take for otitis media with effusion to clear on average, and will the ringing in my left ear stop with it? It came from a uri.

About how long does it take for otitis media with effusion to clear on average, and will the ringing in my left ear stop with it? It came from a uri.

Within 3 months: Typically ~90% of patients will clear the effusion within 3 months. Taking medications such as a topical decongestant (nasal steroids) may speed the recovery. If the effusion doesn't clear, then you should see an ENT to make sure the eustachian tube isn't blocked. An ear tube or a simple drainage procedure may be needed. For most patients w/o any other ear issues, the ringing should stop. ...Read more