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Poking Ear Damaged Brain
39 yr old. Feels like gentle poke / ping on top right side of head for months. Not headache; no brain tumor symptoms, but worried. My dr says stress?
Doubt tumor: Head dyscomfort symptoms are like snow flakes. Rarely do 2 people describe the same type of symptoms based on their perception. You wont' find anything in the literature about a ping pong sensation in your head. After 23 hears I have learned that unusual sensations like this that haven't been described in the literature mean nothing. Ping pong sensation can point to middle ear issue. ...Read more
Many possibilities: The most common cause of ringing (tinnitus) is hearing loss. At your age, it is unlikely that the cause of your tinnitus is hearing loss, but it needs to be ruled out. Other factors may also contribute to tinnitus in the absence of hearing loss, e.g. Tmj dysfunction, excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption, medication side effect, etc. See your local ENT to further evaluate this symptom. ...Read more
Unlikely: If you're using a q-tip (which is inadvisable), then you probably won't go past the ear drum. But, theoretically, if you stick something long enough, you may puncture your way through. ...Read more
Someone mentioned bugs crawl to brain if they enter ear. Is there any truth in this and is it medically possible?
Fiction: There is a novel about "Earwigs" entering the brain through the ear and laying eggs, but there is NO scientific basis to any of this. Tell your friends to stop teasing you. ...Read more
No: The ear drum is a barrier and unless this is breached, nothing gets past this. ...Read more
I had a TIA on nov 3rd and 10 days after the attack I have a high pitched sound in the right side of my brain, (not ears) is it from medications?
Unusual descript.: A sound "in your brain" can only be one of three things: 1) a true external sound with acoustic interference 2) a miscue of the auditory center within the brain responsible for localization of sound or 3) misplacement of inner narrative (as occurs with schizophrenia). You are likely suffering from #2. Certain meds are known to cause tinnitus or "ringing." please discuss with your doctors. ...Read more
I heard something like a mouse chewing in my ears sometimes or something happens in my brain. I could not recognize it is on my ears or brain. Thanks?
Need physical exam: I take it that when you woke up you could tell for sure that NO MOUSE or anything else had actually been in your company while sleeping? If that's true then, you will need a physical examination to figure out more about what may be going on. ...Read more
Check online for multiple causes of tinnitus.
People who are constantly exposed to noise @ work are more prone to ringing in the ear- pilots, musicians, sports players, construction workers, entertainers etc.
Ear plugs may minimize the chances of developing tinnitus.
Take care. ...Read more
Temporal lobe: The exterior ear is roughly speaking in the area of the temporal lobe. ...Read more
Tinnitus: Most of these problems are due to degeneration of the auditory apparatus, especially associated with aging, but can happen after head trauma, and associated with hypertension, anemias, and thyroid problems. Rarely, transmitted sounds occur with congenital vascular malformations, and obstruction of large neck blood vessels. ...Read more
Is it a side effect from escitalopram 20 mg to have a watery, shaky feeling in my brain and ears after stopping this medication?
See doctor: Go see your doctor right away. These medications should not be stopped abruptly. ...Read more
I had nerve endings to brain high frequency burnt 6 months ago. Now all of a sudden. I have sores and terrible pain on scalp and in ears like bugs.
Go to emergency: You might have shingles. Need to be treated asap. ...Read more
Both my ears are consistently ringing andif I put my head completely under water they hurt, almost feels like I get a brain freeze what could this be?
Middle ear problem: You should see your primary care physician to examine your ears. You may have fluid (effusion) in the middle ear (on the other side of the eardrum) which could be due to allergy or infection. The ringing may also be due to an inner ear problem but that shouldn't cause pain if your head is under water. You night need to see an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist. ...Read more
Brain problem: Sounds like tmj. Have you been diagnosed with a brain problem? Please see your dentist or md to get a full diagnostic work up. Tmj will send pain to the ear and the jaw. ...Read more
Tumor: The brain MRI is very helpful in detecting growths such as acoustic neuromas, and a variety of lesions in the cerebellar and brainstem area (cerebello-pontine triangle). Structural bony problems in the ear itself may be better seen with cat technology. Unlikely that we will visualize changes in the labyrinthine otoliths or even see an endolympathic fistula as these are too small. ...Read more
No: There are several strong membranes between your brain and the outer world. If anything came out it was most likely dirt or congealed wax. ...Read more
No: There is no connection between the outer ear and the brain. ...Read more
No: Take it easy. Just keep the ear dry. If any concerns check with your physician or a ENT specialist. Good luck! ...Read more
I am a 23 year old male and my jaw and right ear have been hurting. Can that affect my brain too?
How to tell if dizziness is caused by ear (peripheral) or brain (Central)? Are there any telltale signs?
I believe that tinnitus originates from the brain and not so much from the inner ear. What do you think?
Can an ant get inside your brain from your ear without noticing?? And if yes. Is there any symptoms??
Ant in your ear: No - while it might be possible for something to get deeper in your ear (if your eardrum was ruptured) - there is NO direct communication between the outside world and your brain. ...Read more
Does listen to too much ear phones effect ur brain or cause any type of cancer? Is it harmfull in any way?
Thinking about buying in-ear headphones with neodymium magnet in the 'in-ear' part. Is that safe for the brain?
Maybe (not). . .: They're currently considered safe enough to be sold. Whether that will hold true in a few years to decades when more information becomes available is impossible to predict. However, we would warn you against turning up the volume too high which could damage your ears. Also we warn you against turning up the volume so loudly that you can't hear noises around you and thus increase accident risk. ...Read more