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Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. William Culviner
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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

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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I keep having fluid in the middle ear. What can I do to eleviate this problem from occurring over and over--if happens in both ears but not usually at the same time and lingers.?

I keep having fluid in the middle ear. What can I do to eleviate this problem from occurring over and over--if happens in both ears but not usually at the same time and lingers.?

See an ENT: I would recommend seeing an ENT surgeon first as it might be an anatomic issue that can be easily corrected. They would want a ct scan of the sinuses as well as would want to do a rhinoscope. If this is non-diagnostic, then i would proceed to an allergist since the sinuses and ear issues are strongly correlated. ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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My dr. Checked my left ear, in the back of my ear i hear louder from the middle ear, so could the problem only be hardening in middle ear?

My dr. Checked my left ear, in the back of my ear i hear louder from the middle ear, so could the problem only be hardening in middle ear?

Difficult to tell: There are 2 types of hearing loss, sensorineural and conductive. The first involves the structures of the inner ear and cochlea which cannot be changed with medications or surgery. The second type involves the middle ear structures, like the eardrum & ear bones(ossicles). Sometimes there can be fluid or a growth affecting the middle ear. Generally, middle ear problems are fixable. See an ent. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Joshua Lawson
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I did MRI scanner, so if I have problem in the bones of middle ear, it can be fixed by medicine or i need operation, and does operation succeed?

Depends: There are really too many uncertainties in your question to know how to answer. Treatment and expected outcome will depend entirely on what it is exactly that's going on in your ear. If you have more details we can try to offer more information. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
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What sort of problem is a middle ear infection?

What sort of problem is a middle ear infection?

Infection: An ear infection is when bacteria or viral bugs get into the spaces of your ear causing swelling and infection. This can affect hearing or cause pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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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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Dr. Elise Sadoun
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Dr. C Jeffrey Holmes
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What kind of bacterial/virus could cause middle ear problem? Where are they come from? Food? Air?Blood?

What kind of bacterial/virus could cause middle ear problem? Where are they come from? Food? Air?Blood?

Several: Adeno-, rhino-viruses and non-typable h.Flu, pneumococcus, moraxella, staph are bacteria that can cause infection. The virus usually causes the initial infection, and the patient is colonized with the bacteria that secondarily infects the middle ear. These diseases are transmitted by hand to mouth contact from another infected host, the same as a cold. Not from blood, food. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Nordstrom
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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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