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Why do both my ears ring when I only have an ear infection in one ear?

Why do both my ears ring when I only have an ear infection in one ear?

Comes from brain: Ear ringing (tinnitus) typically is generated in the brain, so it can be perceived as coming from both ears or "inside the head". Occasionally it is generated directly by the ear or nearby structures. If chronic and/or pulsatile or assoc with other symptoms, best to see a specialist (otologist, neurotologist) to properly evaluate. ...Read more

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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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I have had an inner ear infection and now find myself with tinnitus in one ear.. why is this the case?

I have had an inner ear infection  and now find myself with tinnitus in one ear.. why is this the case?

Infection irritation: If there is an infection within the middle ear then, the increased pressure in that compartment may be transmitted to the inner ear apparatus which is where the 8th nerve lies. Also, the infectious entity itself may be accessing the inner ear compartment since it's all fluid connected and this may be having a direct toxic effect on the 8th nerve hence, the tinnitus. ...Read more

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I have had a double ear infection in one ear .I just went to the doctor a day ago & got put on two different antibodies how long till it feels better?

I have had a double ear infection in one ear .I just went to the doctor a day ago & got put on two different antibodies how long till it feels better?

Ear infection: Provided you had a bacterial ear infection, you should have improvement of symptoms within 1-2 days of treatment. However, the fluid that builds up from an infection can take a while longer to be reabsorbed, up to 5-7 days. If no improvement of symptoms, or if symptoms worsen, call your doctor. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and can't hear out of one ear. What should I do?

I have an ear infection and  can't hear out of one ear. What should I do?

Common for ear infct: During a middle ear infection the ear space fills with fluid and suppresses the hearing in the affected ear by ~ 40 decibells. This may continue for 3-6 weeks but gradually clears with treatment and hearing returns to baseline level. Have it checked if it doesn't improve. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection that has caused pressure and loss of hearing in one ear. Almost done with zpack and predisone ( 1 day left). What is next step?

I have an ear infection that has caused pressure and loss of hearing in one ear. Almost done with zpack and predisone ( 1 day left). What is next step?

I'd give it time: If you are just finishing your zpac you are early in the recovery process. All purulent otitis media will have transient hearing reduction in the involved ear for up to 2-4 wks. If your symptoms are gradually improving, no action is needed. If the symptoms are unchanged, a revisit with your pcp is in order. ...Read more

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I have a ear infection in only one ear but pressure sometimes goes from that ear to the non infected ear is that normal?

I have a ear infection in only one ear but pressure sometimes goes from that ear to the non infected ear is that normal?

Eustachian tube issu: The pressure you likely feel relates to poor function in your Eustachian tubes during this process. The tube drains middle ear mucous and allows air to enter during normal function. To have the infection,tube swelling trapped mucous which became infected from throat germs. Yawning can sometimes help reopen the tube and allow pressure to equalize in the good ear.In time all should heal. ...Read more

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I have a 2.5 year old who had tubes put in June of 2015, after an ear infection 2 weeks ago the one ear is now bleeding. should I be worried?

I have a 2.5 year old who had tubes put in June of 2015, after an ear infection 2 weeks ago the one ear is now bleeding. should I be worried?

Yes: you need to take her to be seen, by her Pediatrician or ENT. It seems that she is otherwise fine, but you need to be sure that everything is just fine with her external and middle ear on that side. Kindly plug that ear until you get to see her doctor, wish you both wellness ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Sheila Smith
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more