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Hi. ..My 8 yr old has long standing ear problems. His eardrum ruptured for 3rd time...Has hearing loss. Ent recomhe swim to help epithelialization?

Hi. ..My 8 yr old has long standing ear problems. His eardrum ruptured for 3rd time...Has hearing loss. Ent recomhe swim to help epithelialization?

Perforated TM: I am not sure what is your question. If it is a perforated drum, generally it should be surgically repaired unless there is a particular problem, such as severe eustachian tube dysfunction. Even then, some solutions are possible. The ear usually should be kept dry. You may need a second opinion. ...Read more

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Ent And Head And Neck Surgery (Definition)

Also known as otolaryngology, this medical specialty deals with the diagnosis and (medical & surgical) management of diseases of the ears, nose, mouth, throat, neck, sinuses, voice box and face. Some areas of expertise in otolaryngology include voice and swallowing problems, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, allergy, hearing and balance disorders, nasal and ...Read more


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My 2.5 yr old daughter has a perforated eardrum. This is the 2nd time first time was in April. Shld I be taking her to an ENT & investigate grommets? Seems to haooen as a result of cold or flu each time with mild ear ache if not perforation.

My 2.5 yr old daughter has a perforated eardrum. This is the 2nd time first time was in April. Shld I be taking her to an ENT & investigate grommets? Seems to haooen as a result of cold or flu each time with mild ear ache if not perforation.

Confusing question: Perforations happen because the specific germ of a middle ear infection triggers rapid accumulation of germs/debris and pressure pushes through the drum. Any drum with a previous perforation will be weaker & prone to recurrence. You don't put tubes/grommets in a drum with a perforation. A basic rule of 5/yr or continuous infections > 90 days signal to need for ENT. If you want just go. ...Read more

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What should I expect from a ent appt for non-flexible eardrums?

What should I expect from a ent appt for non-flexible eardrums?

ENT: The ENT is best qualified to evaluate your eardrums. He or she will assess your drums to see if fluid or sometimes you might have had infection calcifying the drum. He or she may set up specific testing to see how your hearing is doing or anatomical image. ...Read more

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When're back to see the dr and am now being refered to an ENT. Said my eardrum looks like it either had a hole or it's scaring. Should I be worried?

'ear Me: Don't Worry: Well, don't worry until you get the skivvy from the ENT guy. It depends on what your story is. The eardrum ("tympanic membrane") can bust for several reasons, from within or without, and then it can scar as it heals. Sometimes it scars so much you need to get it reamed-out before it turns into something worse. And your hearing should be checked too. ENT has a lot of ways to fix what you have. ...Read more

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How can I find a great ENT specialist & surgeon for myringoplasty (perforated eardrums)?

How can I find a great ENT specialist & surgeon for myringoplasty (perforated eardrums)?

Otologist: See an otologist - only does ears. The House Institute in nearby LA is famous for ear problems. Go there. ...Read more

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For 2 years my eardrum has thumped when I lightly touch my ear. Mri shows nothing, ENT stumped?

For 2 years my eardrum has thumped when I lightly touch my ear. Mri shows nothing, ENT stumped?

The thump is a stump: The facial nerve runs in a bony canal next to but not on the ear drum. The stapedius attaches to the stapes not on the ear drum. I'm not sure why you have that sensation... We are all unique. .. Normal mri. No worries. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm suffering from perforated eardrum. From last 10 days. My ENT dr. Was giving xoclave antibiotic?

What to do if I'm suffering from perforated eardrum. From last 10 days. My ENT dr. Was giving xoclave antibiotic?

Ear infection: If the perforation is only for 10 days, it is a result of infection, antibiotics will help control infection, if the perforation persists,,, later option would be to consider repair of the drum ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm suffering from perforated eardrum. From last 10 days. My ENT dr. Was giving xoclave antibiotic?

What do you advise if I'm suffering from perforated eardrum. From last 10 days. My ENT dr. Was giving xoclave antibiotic?

Perf. Ear drum: If your ear drum is perforated for ten days only, it may be from acute middle ear infection with spontaneous perforation, these have tendency to heal if they are small, however, for a persistent perforation, leading to hearing loss, a hearing test and a consideration of surgical repair should be an option ...Read more

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I had an audiology test, they said my eardrums not moving which is why I cannot hear and I need to see ENT,,, reasons why there not moving?

I had an audiology test, they said my eardrums not moving which is why I cannot hear and I need to see ENT,,, reasons why there not moving?

Middle ear fluid: An eardrum with fluid behind it doesn't move as well as one without fluid. Therefore you should see an ENT for treatment. ...Read more

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I was told that my eardrum is bruised by ENT, and can't afford ciprofloxin. What else would you prescribe? I'm worried, because I'm flying in 3wks!!

Notify ENT: There are cheaper generic options, let the ENT know about the cost issue to see if an alternative can be prescribed over the phone ...Read more

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I work for a pulmonologist, he says something on eardrum not sure what, I c/o static noise, on and off and some vertigo today. Ent tomorrow?

Meniere's disease?: Should be able to diagnose this with ENT, but sounds like meniere's disease. There is no cure, but valium and meclizine can help to reduce the severity of your symptoms ...Read more

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Actually how does ENT test/check what cause a tinnitus? My ENT said all she can do is clean the earwax and check my eardrum.

Actually how does ENT test/check what cause a tinnitus? My ENT said all she can do is clean the earwax and check my eardrum.

No easy way: Tinnitus is a result of some form of hearing dysfunction or hearing loss. The cells in you brain that are designed to receive signals from a certain frequency of hearing are no longer getting that input due to the hearing loss. These cell then become overactive and branch out to nearby cell and that is basically the cause of tinnitus. We can only investigate the cause of hearing loss that causes it. ...Read more

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5yo perf eardrum mild hearing loss that is getting worse. Failed tympanography. Why hearing getting worse? Worry about mastoiditis? Regular ent appts.

5yo perf eardrum mild hearing loss that is getting worse. Failed tympanography. Why hearing getting worse? Worry about mastoiditis? Regular ent appts.

It happens/rare: Mastoiditis is rare today in children or adults that have access to medical care. When there is a recurrent middle ear issue there is often mild hearing loss due to the muck that accumulates in the middle ear and interferes with the ear bones ability to amplify hearing. Over time, it should improve & regular monitoring is your best way to assure that it does. ...Read more

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Saw ENT son11 has Cholesteatoma &complete loss of bone no eardrum left. What kind of surgery will be needed? Will hearing recover 100%.

Saw ENT son11 has Cholesteatoma &complete loss of bone no eardrum left. What kind of surgery will be needed? Will hearing recover 100%.

Cholesteatoma: First goal of surgery is to make the ear safe. Surgery would most likely be tympanomastoidectomy as first stage to clean disease and get stable eardrum. Second stage would be ossicular reconstruction if needed or to just to have a look to rule recurrent disease. Radical mastoidectomy if beyond reasonable chance of safe, useful repair. Hearing will be compromised regardless. Bone conduction hearing aid ...Read more

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Seen ent last Monday he said I have sucked in eardrum gave me cephalexin just noticed one posteir lymp node enlarged and hard I'm scared of lymphoma?

Seen ent last Monday he said I have sucked in eardrum gave me cephalexin just noticed one posteir lymp node enlarged and hard I'm scared of lymphoma?

Diagnosing lymphoma: A palpable node next to an infected ear can be due to inflammation or infection, or simply be benign. Diagnosis of lymphoma centers around presence of other findings, usually symptoms or other abnormal blood tests and if suspicious enough, a biopsy to confirm would be most helpful. ...Read more

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Super loud concert, then went to dr, was told there is swelling/might be retracted eardrum. Waiting to see ENT. Ringing, emptiness, sore, on steroids?

Ear drum/concert: Sorry to hear about your problem. No pun intended.
1. Don't do that again.
2. I would wait till you see ENT.

True story on me. I went to similar loud concert. Stuffed Kleenex in my ears. Great concert and night. Forgot about it. About 3 months later I noted my hearing was not so good. Went to ENT friend and they pulled out waxed Kleenex. A good laugh was had by all. I turned pink. ...Read more

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My right ear has been blocked for two weeks, the ENT said I have fluid behind my eardrum, what can I do to help remedy?

My right ear has been blocked for two weeks, the ENT said I have fluid behind my eardrum, what can I do to help remedy?

Pop your ears: Assuming you don't have a past history of ear problems this is likely a temporary issue. Pinch your nose and blow to clear your ears, just like on an airplane. Many ENT docs will use an oral steroid and then, if the fluid does not clear, make a small. Temporary hole in the eardrum to drain the fluid. ...Read more

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Blocked eustachians for a month after sinus surgery. No pain but won't clear ever. I fly for a living. Ent says eardrum healthy. On prednisone. Help?!

Blocked eustachians for a month after sinus surgery. No pain but won't clear ever. I fly for a living. Ent says eardrum healthy. On prednisone. Help?!

Plugged ears: If you have allergies treating them may help. Topical nasal steroids may offer some benefit as well. If no improvement in the next 6-8 weeks I would see your ENT doc. They may discuss the role of tubes. ...Read more

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Pea size lymph node in lower right neck hard but moveable recently seen ent for sucked in eardrum I'm so worried about lymphoma had blood work a X-ray?

Pea size lymph node in lower right neck hard but moveable recently seen ent for sucked in eardrum I'm so worried about lymphoma had blood work a X-ray?

POSS REACTIVE NODE: Node tender? How discovered? Did U find? Same side as ear problem? Why do U think of Lymphoma? Ear-drum likely due to inflammation in ear. XRay unlikely to help. MD examined U for other nodes? Blood test may be helpful. If U have been otherwise healthy a small node in neck would not make me suspicious. Biopsy may satisfy your fear. Everything possible in medicine, probability here is low. ...Read more

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Ear pain/pressure/dizzy x 5weeks. Ent gave ear drops (eardrums slight inflamed)/abx. No relief. Suggestions? Thanks

Ear pain/pressure/dizzy x 5weeks. Ent gave ear drops (eardrums slight inflamed)/abx. No relief. Suggestions? Thanks

Try decongestant: Your symptoms may be due to eustachian tube dysfunction, where the tubes that connect the middle ear to the back of the throat are blocked so pressure builds up in the middle ear. Decongestants like sudafed can help relieve the symptoms (as long as there is no reason you can't take decongestants such as uncontrolled high blood pressure). ...Read more

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After a visit at my ENT today he noticed wax near the eardrum and referred me back to the doctor that reconstructed my ear why might this be?

Most likely: Most likely it's about the comfort zone. The doctor who treated you earlier knows you and the anatomy of your ear better.
Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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Have fluid stuck behind eardrum for 3 months & swollen sinuses. My temple and eye hurt now too, what can I do. Ent visit at end of january.

Comgestion: It seems you have seen your primary doctor initially for suggestions. There are other nasal steroids that might help besides nasonex, (mometasone) but sometimes combinations of rx like nasal decongestant sprays, oral decongestants, nasal steroids, mucolytics like guaifenesin, ; oral steroids are necessary to alleviate sinus and eustachian tube congestion. The ENT appt is necessary sooner than later. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum from an ear infection. Should I follow up with my pcp or an ent?

Go to ENT.: It would be best to go to your ent. Your pcp may send to to the ENT anyway. I see that you are also on antibiotic so you are covered for now, at least. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have middle ear infection with perforated eardrum. Waiting to see ent. How long to heal? Can I still swim train with cap and earplugs?

Have middle ear infection with perforated eardrum. Waiting to see ent. How long to heal? Can I still swim train with cap and earplugs?

Weeks to Months: The perforation may heal in a few weeks, or may take up to a few months. Some perforations require intervention. This may take the form of a paper patch to promote healing (a simple procedure by an ear, nose and throat specialist), or surgery. However, in some cases, the perforation can last several years and will be unable to heal naturally. ...Read more

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Ent diagnosed fluid behind eardrum & ringing in rt. Ear. Audiogram - hearing loss. Treated w/ prednisone. No change. Also, have lupus. What now?

Ent diagnosed fluid behind eardrum & ringing in rt. Ear. Audiogram - hearing loss. Treated w/ prednisone. No change. Also, have lupus. What now?

Time: Hello, unfortunately we do not have any medical therapy at our disposal to immediately remove the fluid behind your eardrum. If your fluid has been present beyond 3 months or if your symptoms are worsening (associated dizziness, infection, worsening hearing) then a surgical procedure to insert tubes may be recommended. ...Read more

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