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Why Do My Ears Keep Ringing
Good question: Ringing in the ears is a very common complaint seen in an ENT office. If the sound is symmetrical in both ears, it is probably of no concern. If it only on one side, a complete ear workup is mandatory. If it is the result of excessive noise exposure, it is usually not correctable. The why in your question is that the most modern concept is a synchronous electrical discharge from the brain. ...Read more
FromThJawbonesOfFish: I'll bet you are having a nervous twitch of the stapedius muscle that regulates tension on the ear drum.It's the smallest muscle in the body attached to the smallest bone.The ear bones ('ossicles') are, evolutionarily related to the jaw bones of fishes! So,like a nervous twitch of the lip or eyelid,etc.for some reason you get it in the ear. The 'thump' is the sound of the ear drum quickly tensing ...Read more
Stuffy, clogged ears: It is not uncommon for ears to feel stuffy and clogged when allergies flare up, when you experience a change in altitude or during the course of a cold. Sometimes this can happen as an ear infection evolves. This is from dysfunction of the eustachian tube. Treatment does not always lead to immediate resolution, and can include antihistamines, nasal antinflammatories, and oral steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tinnitus : Tinnitus is actually a very complex perception of some type of noise or sound in the ears or head. There are different types, subjective (only you hear) or objective (others can hear the noise too-rare). It can be pulsatile like a heart beat or non-pulsatile. There can be many causes and it really needs a full evaluation by an otolaryngologist. ...Read more
Hearing loss: Do you use qtips, which just pushes the wax further in. Do you have any chronic dermatologic problems like eczema, which might make you more prone to build up debris in the canal. Do you do other things (oils, flushes, candling) in the ear canal that might irritate it and cause wax to build up. There also are just people who have heavier wax production and need to have a regular ear cleaning. ...Read more
My eustachian tube dys. Won't go away. I keep hearing clicking and sometimes my ear is muffled. What do I do?
Auditory symptoms: Not all auditory symptoms are referable to eustacian tube dysfunction. If you don't smoke, and have tried a reasonable course of over the counter antihistamines and a decongestant like pseudoephedrine, and the symptoms have lasted more than a week it might be time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Ear Wax: They do but you are generally not aware of it. Good for you. Cerumen is produced by glands in the ear canal . Dirt, debris, hair etc stick to it and eventually the wax dries and falls out removing these things. Cerumen (wax) is the self cleaning mechanism of the ear canal. Most people aren't aware of the wax. It is normal. Could be worse. I see patients every day who need to have me remove it. ...Read more
Common: Tinnitus - any abnormal sound in the ears is very common. It can be a ring/ a cricket sound/ static, etc. It is many times associated with hearing loss but sometime you can have normal hearing. If it is only on one side... I'd be more concerned - either way it may be best to be seen by an ENT and get an audiogram. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's always there: You don't just have it while you sleep... It's there all the time but you notice it while you are falling asleep because the ambient noise during the day that would normally mask it is starting to decrease around the house... "the house is quiet." the ringing (tinnitus) is usually nothing serious, but you may want to have your hearing checked. Also check my health tips http://tinyurl.Com/42dosks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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