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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

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Why do I have a constant itching in my ear? My one ear is always itching. I also get a lot of ear infections and i often don't know until they are full blown ear infections. Could this all be related or could you give me possibilities for why this stuff k

Why do I have a constant itching in my ear? My one ear is always itching. I also get a lot of ear infections and i often don't know until they are full blown ear infections. Could this all be related or could you give me possibilities for why this stuff k

Are : Are these outer ear infections (external otitis) or middle ear infections (otitis media) that you are referring to? I'm curious as to why only the one ear itches. Has anyone commented on looking i n your ears that the canal is narrow or tortuous in shape? Allergic conditions of the skin (i.e., eczematous dermatitis) or excessively dry skin can certainly cause pruritis (itchiness). Are you an excessive abuser of q-tips? This can remove the protective function of ear wax, lead to breakdown of the skin integrity, and predispose you to external otitis. For ear itchiness secondary to dryness dermotic drops work fairly well. For eczematous dermatitis, a topical steroid ointment or cream (i.e., elocon) often works well. Your best bet is to get a formal evaluation by an ENT , make a diagnosis, and treat properly. ...Read more

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Lost the majority of hearing in one ear from ear infection. Will it come back when cured?

Lost the majority of hearing in one ear from ear infection. Will it come back when cured?

Hearing should: Most often hearing loss during an acute ear infection is due to fluid in the middle ear space . this usually resolves and hearing returns to normal after treatment. A follow up visit for an ear recheck and hearing screen is warranted ...Read more

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Can ear infections lead to tinnitus? Can an ear infection cause a high pitched noise in one's ear?

Can ear infections lead to tinnitus? Can an ear infection cause a high pitched noise in one's ear?

Yes: Inner ear infection can lead to ringing (tinnitus) as it affects the semicircular canals. Fluid behind the ear occurs as a result of healing and can lead to a funny sound as well...Chiropractic, homeopathic, craniosacral therapies can all help realign the inner ear and promote drainage of the fluid and spped healing. ...Read more

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Will all ear infections eventually get better over time? I have a history of swimmers ear infections, but only in one ear.

Will all ear infections eventually get better over time? I have a history of swimmers ear infections, but only in one ear.

Better to treat.: Swimmer's ear is also known as acute external otitis or otitis externa. The most common cause of this infection is bacteria invading the skin inside your ear canal. It's often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming favoring bacterial growth. Usually you can treat swimmer's ear with eardrops. Prompt treatment can help prevent complications and more-serious infections. ...Read more

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An inner ear infection caused me to go deaf in one ear about 2 years ago. Since then i have become allergic to all pollens can these be linked?

An inner ear infection caused me to go deaf in one ear about 2 years ago. Since then i have become allergic to all pollens can these be linked?

No: It is unfortunate that you lost your hearing in one ear after an infection presumably of the ear drum. This should have no bearing on development of subsequent allergies. ...Read more

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Son has ear tubes. Fluid draining from one ear. Has sinus drainage too. Take him to doc bc of ear drainage? Worried it's ear infection.

Son has ear tubes. Fluid draining from one ear. Has sinus drainage too. Take him to doc bc of ear drainage? Worried it's ear infection.

See Doctor: Given his history of recurrent ear infections and ear tube placement I would definitely have him seen by his pediatrician for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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Had ear infections continuously for past 8months,atm random onset of severe nausea,partial loss of hearing in one ear,dizzy,shaking,ear feels full?

Had ear infections continuously for past 8months,atm random onset of severe nausea,partial loss of hearing in one ear,dizzy,shaking,ear feels full?

May be Meniere's: What you describe sounds like it may be Meniere's disease. Patients with Menieres' typically have periods of ear fullness and hearing loss in one ear, tinnitus, and bouts of vertigo and nausea which may last several hours. You should have this evaluated by an ENT MD. In the meantime, limit your dietary sodium as this frequently contributes to the symptoms. ...Read more

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Will tinnitus go away when a ear infection is cured?

Possibly: May be. If it doesn't, seek a dentist expert in treating TMJ disorder. One of the reasons for tinnitus - ringing in the ears - is teeth clenching. Trigeminal nerve that controls jaw closing muscles also has a branch that controls tensor tympani muscle that controls ear drum tension. Hence the connection. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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


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 ...Read more