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Scratched Inner Ear
I tried to scratch my itching inner ear with my thumb, then pinky. I scratched in as far as I could for relief, then felt pain. Can this harm my ear?
The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and ...Read more
In my inner ear it has been really itchy & I have been sticking my finger in to scratch it. Even cutting it. Could I have an infection?
Inner ear: The inner ear is inside the ear and drums to absorb sound are apparent. Fluid usually circulates through the semi-circular canals and is absorbed if you have allergies, a cold or eustachian dysfunction. If the inner drum does not absorb fluids, infection, symptoms can occur that can be discomforted. Contact virtual appt at health tap if need more info. Welcome, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more
Internal part of ear: The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and the semi-circular canals (balance). ...Read more
Skin inflammation: Almost all of my patients with this complaint "clean their ears." they use qtips or peroxide or other measures to remove wax from the canal. The wax is there for a reason - it protects the ear canal skin. When the skin is unprotected it gets inflamed and can itch. Stop cleaning your ears! other reasons can include sensitivity to shampoos, soaps or hair products that get in the ear. ...Read more
Yes: If any balance problems last more than a week or so, or if they are severe, get it checked out. Other concerning things might be associated hearing loss, ringing, and pain or drainage from the ears. You can look up some balance exercises online to help with the balance in the meantime. Your local ENT will evaluate you and likely test the hearing as well. Best wishes! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Starting to suspect something wrong with the inner ear. What kind of disorder or problem would cause discomfort?
Inner ear problem: Discomfort is a difficult symptom to assign a specific cause to. Your best course is to see an otolaryngologist for a complete head and neck examination. Your work-up will most likely include a hearing test +/- balance test depending on your symptoms. A special MRI may be needed. ...Read more
Feels like something is zapping my inner ear! it's like static in headphones but i get it without headphones on! what is wrong?
Too non-specific: We need to know what specifically you are talking about. Inner disorders could be vertigo, hearing loss (sudden or gradual) tinnitus (usually central in origin), meniere's disease, labyrinthitis, positional vertigo or even an autoimmune disorder involving the inner ear. In general there a few treatments for inner ear disorders unless you know more specifically what you mean. ...Read more
Maybe: I need more symptoms and need to do a physical exam in order to determine this. Are you nauseated? Do you have the sensation that the room is spinning? Is your gait altered? Do you get the 'room spinning' sensation when you turn your head upon waking up? If so, you very well could have an inner ear problem. See your doctor. ...Read more