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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 an ear infection and was given Ciprodex ear drops. When I out them in my ear as I lie on my side and they just sit there. ?

I have an ear infection and was given Ciprodex ear drops. When I out them in my ear as I lie on my side and they just sit there. ?

Ciprodex: Ciprodex ear drops are treatment for an external ear infection (swimmer's ear) otitis externa. The ear canal is not particularly long and it is blocked off by the tympanic membrane. Therefore the ear drops have most likely made their way down to coat the entire canal and they just filled to the edge of your ear. Use less drops next time. ...Read more

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I have a hypermobile tympanic membrane in my only hearing ear. It flops in and out when i swallow, and close my eyes, when i pop my ears. what are the?

I have a hypermobile tympanic membrane in my only hearing ear. It flops in and out when i swallow, and close my eyes, when i pop my ears. what are the?

Eustachian tube: The ear drum closes a chamber that otherwise has only one opening, that tube goes into the back of the nose. When you go up and down in a plane or elevator the air pressure changes. If the tube is blocked by allergy or inflammation, the change in pressure will "pop" your ear drum. When you swallow, cough or sneeze pressure builds up in your nose popping you ears. Check for allergic blockage, ...Read more

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Do I have an ear infection? I have lost my hearing, my ear is very painful, when i blow my nose there is a crackling sound in my ear an its very sore

Dr. Marc Bloom Dr. Bloom
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Do I have an ear infection? I have lost my hearing, my ear is very painful, when i blow my nose there is a crackling sound in my ear an its very sore

See an ENT doctor: This need to be evaluated by a doctor. Depending on your health insurance you may need to see your primary md first or go straight to an ENT doctor. ...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 still have fluid behind my ear drum after a full corse of antibiotics to cure a middle and external ear infection, both sides. What should/can i do?

I still have fluid behind my ear drum after a full corse of antibiotics to cure a middle and external ear infection, both sides. What should/can i do?

Serous otitis media: You probably have sterile fluid in your middle ear, a common condition following middle ear infection. This may last a couple of weeks. If the condition persist you should see your doctor. Decongestants may help (pseudofed, phenylephrine). ...Read more

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My ear feels clogged I do have some pain, then when i open and close my mouth everyone can hear the the crackling sound and it blowing my nose dose not help also I do not have water in it. Could it be an ear infection?

This : This could be eustachian tube disorder, but the fact that others can hear the crackling makes me think that another option could be your jaw joint--the temporo-mandibular joint (tmj). Disorders and pain in that area is often referred to the ears with multiple symptoms: pain, fullness, popping...The pain can radiate to the head and cause headaches, or down into the neck and throat areas. It is the most common cause of ear pain when the ear looks normal to a doctor. This can be evaluated by your primary care doctor or a dental surgeon. Most common treatment is NSAID medications and physical therapy--rarely surgery is needed. ...Read more

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I have had a inner ear infection in my right ear since saturday. Can't hear and the ringing is driving me nuts. When does it go away?

I have had a inner ear infection in my right ear since saturday.  Can't hear and the ringing is driving me nuts.  When does it go away?

Urgent: You should see an ENT asap and get a hearing test. They need to find out what type of hearing loss you have. Depending on the type, you may need treatment right away....So don't delay. ...Read more

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I have pulsatile tinnitus in my right ear. I only hear it when I bend my neck a certain way. ENT says my ear is fine. What could cause this?

I have pulsatile tinnitus in my right ear. I only hear it when I bend my neck a certain way.  ENT says my ear is fine.  What could cause this?

Need more info plz: When they say that your ear is "fine" does that mean that they checked it simply with an otoscope, made sure you were waxless, and then, sent you on your way? Or did they do some blood work, perhaps an audiogram, and perhaps, an MRI of your brain? Do you have headaches? How old are you, are you fertile, and does your vision dim? Wanna talk more 1-1? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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What to do if I have ear infection and ringing in my ears?

What to do if I have ear infection and ringing in my ears?

See your doctor.: Doctors can help by providing adequate treatment, usually antibiotics if there is an infection. If it's multiple infections you might get referral for ENT specialist. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are adequate OTCs for pain control. If not feeling better, see doc to get stronger pain controlling medications and further treatment. As infection improves, ringing should decrease. ...Read more

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I have a cold and my ears are plugged, when I open and close my mouth I hear a hissing sound in one ear. What's causing this?

I have a cold and my ears are plugged, when I open and close my mouth I hear a hissing sound in one ear. What's causing this?

Cold: The hissing sound in your ear may be due to the mucus from your cold which has gotten into your middle ear through your eustachian tube ...Read more

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What to do if I have recently had an ear infection and now I have lost my hearing in that ear and its itchy?

What to do if I have recently had an ear infection and now I have lost my hearing in that ear and its itchy?

See a specialist: A ear infection may clear up but leave you with fluid in your middle ear that might take up to a month to clear, leaving you with decreased hearing. You may also have skin and wax debris in your ear from the infection, or, rarely, a nerve disorder which should be treated quickly by a specialist. ...Read more

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I have wax build up in my ears especially left ear because my hearing is blocked, what to do?

I have wax build up in my ears especially left ear because my hearing is blocked, what to do?

Use OTC ear wax drop: As long as you have no history of eardrum perforation, and no symptoms of current ear infection (ear pain, drainage), you can use OTC ear wax softening drops from your pharmacy. Follow package instructions. Drops will soften the wax. You still may need to flush ear canal with body temperature water. Avoid Q-tips. If not successful, see an ENT MD for exam and treatment. ...Read more

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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


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Tinnitus (Definition)

A persistent noise in the ears. Can be of unknown origin, or can be caused by hearing damage, tumors, problems in the brain or hearing nerves, ...Read more