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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

Dr. William Culviner
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Tinnitus (Definition)

A persistent noise in your ear or ears. Tinnitus can be of unknown cause, or can be caused by hearing damage, tumors, problems in the brain or hearing nerve, ...Read more


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How long does ringing in ears last after serous otitis media has cleared? I still have ringing after almost all of the fluid is gone, a little worried

How long does ringing in ears last after serous otitis media has cleared? I still have ringing after almost all of the fluid is gone, a little worried

Timnitis: It does not seem to be the case. Either serous otitis not resolved completely or some other pathology. See a ENT specialist. ...Read more

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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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Can some person with otitis media dint feeling any pain in their ear but have ringing in their ear instead?

Can some person with otitis media dint feeling any pain in their ear but have ringing in their ear instead?

Pain threshold: Sometimes otitis develops slowly and people do not feel pain. But otitis is inflammation and fluid behind the ear drum and cause mechanical obstruction of the eardrums natural movement...And this can lead to the ringing on the ears. ...Read more

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How long does it take the ringing in my left ear to stop? I have serous otitis media.

How long does it take the ringing in my left ear to stop? I have serous otitis media.

Ear causing tear : (: The ringing in the ear during, after this infection can last awhile...And wax and wane as it slowly improves over time. Sometimes the ringing can last for awhile. I recommend seeing your doctor or an ENT physician. Do not despair. ...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?

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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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

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1 month ago I was told I had infection & serous otitis media in my left ear and ringing but now my right ear is also ringing IV been on 2 anti biotics?

1 month ago I was told I had infection & serous otitis media in my left ear and ringing but now my right ear is also ringing IV been on 2 anti biotics?

Ear Infection RIng: Serous otitis medial is generally associated with blockage in the eustachian tube, the opening between the middle ear and back of the nose. Ringing is often associated with hearing loss. Try gently clearing your ears by closing your mouth, and blowing your nose. The ears should pop or feel full. If they don't clear, I feel the best course is a short round of inhaled nasal steroid or oral steroids. ...Read more

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How should I clean my ear if I have otitis media?

How should I clean my ear if I have otitis media?

Do not: A middle ear infection is an infection behind the ear drum. Therefore, cleaning the ear canal would do absolutely nothing. Furthermore, you should not be cleaning out your ear canal as you may injure the skin and cause another problem. A middle ear infection (otitis media) may be viral or bacterial. Otitis media, if that is truly the diagnosis, has nothing to do with the ear canal. ...Read more

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I have chronic otitis media with effusion (glue ear), what to do?

I have chronic otitis media with effusion (glue ear), what to do?

Doctor's advice: Follow the advice and recommendations of the doctor who diagnosed and is treating the problem. If not under care of an otolaryngologist (ENT specialist), ask your doctor about a referral. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a history of otitis media and I've been in a windy area my ears are feeling blocked and glands below my ears are painful. What can I use?

I have a history of otitis media and I've been in a windy area my ears are feeling blocked and glands below my ears are painful. What can I use?

Well: First protect your ears by covering them with ear muffs or a hat. Now you have gone beyond protection of ears so see doctor to be sure your ears are fine ...Read more

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Can recurring otitis media be cured by ear tubes?

Can recurring otitis media be cured by ear tubes?

Not cured.: Recurrent otitis media implies chronic issues with the eustachian tube. In these cases, particularly if there is hearing loss +/- chronic middle ear fluid, ventilating tubes (ear tubes) may be recommended. Tubes bypass a dysfunctional eustachian tube and allow better air exchange in and out of the middle ear, which is implicated in recurrent ear infections. ...Read more

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Could otitis media (ear infection) go without being treated?

Could otitis media (ear infection) go without being treated?

Like before 1940?: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. Infants need an early eval. If older if not better after 3-4 days, an evaluation and treatment is advised. Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more

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For how long does an ear infection (otitis media) take to fully heal?

For how long does an ear infection (otitis media) take to fully heal?

Otitis: The duration of ear infections vary greatly from person to person. Some are treated with antibiotics and can resolve within a week others need a longer time due to the disfunction of the eustacian tube. Age is another factor...Young children sometimes can take a long time and some even need surgical intervention by an ent. (tubes). ...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?

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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Can I fly with an otitis media ear infection?

I would not: Otitis media, a middle ear infection, can cause significant pain when you go up or down in an aircraft. See your doctor and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I have otitis media, I cannot hear from ear... Like 90% can't hear is this normal? I have antibotics and nasel spray.

I have otitis media, I cannot hear from ear... Like 90% can't hear is this normal? I have antibotics and nasel spray.

See an ENT: Treatment may have been ineffective and may need surgical intervention. If the hearing is so low in the ear it needs quick treatment or it become permanent loss. ...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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I have otitis media and fluid behind my ears and a feeling of pressure, am on betaclav for 5 days and sinucon. When will the pressure go away?

I have otitis media and fluid behind my ears and a feeling of pressure, am on betaclav for 5 days and sinucon. When will the pressure go away?

Nasal congestion: You are already on amoxacillin clavunate and antihistamine and decongestant
what will help is saline nose spray every 8 hrs and steam inhalation in the form of a vaporiser
if no response your physician may use prednisone to treat your sinuses ...Read more

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Buzzing and ear fullness did not go away after treating Otitis Media (started 3, 5 weeks ago) with amox-n and zpack courses. Why? What's the next step?

Buzzing and ear fullness did not go away after treating Otitis Media (started 3, 5 weeks ago) with amox-n and zpack courses. Why? What's the next step?

Otitis Mdia: Sometimes these symptoms will respond to intranasal or systemic steroids. In either case reevaluation by your physician is required. ...Read more

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Which antiseptic drug are used for otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum)?

Which antiseptic drug are used for otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum)?

Not needed: In general, fluid behind the ear drum by itself doesn't need an "antiseptic" or antibiotic. If the fluid is infected that is a different story and antibiotics can be helpful. If fluid formed because of a nasal or sinus infection then again an antibiotic can help. Most antibiotics in common use such as amoxil, augmentin, ceftin, (cefuroxime) Bactrim etc... Are helpful. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which antiseptic drug can you recommend for otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum)?

Confusing question: I am not aware of any antiseptic drugs used in the treatment of otitis media. However, we do use antibiotics. Those used vary by the age of the patient, the germ expected, personal allergy history and other factors derived by an office visit. Your pcp can sort this out. This site is not a substitute for an office evaluation when indicated. ...Read more

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I'm ear pain with discharge take treatment not improved diagnosis? Fungal otitis media please need treatment

I'm ear pain with discharge take treatment not improved diagnosis? Fungal otitis media please need treatment

Outer ear infection: It sounds like you may be suffering from a chronic outer ear infection. This can be caused by bacteria or fungus. If this has been going on for some time, you ought to be seen by an ENT physician for accurate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. An infection occurs when the middle ear is filled with pus and the ear drum is also very ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Otitis Media (Definition)

Otitis media is also known as a middle ear infection. It ...Read more