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Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Middle Ear Problems

Child covers his eyes in frustration because of middle ear problem

There are several severe conditions that can cause problems with the middle ear. Illness within the middle ear can affect balance, cause staggering pain, headaches, and permanent hearing loss. So what are the more common problems that can arise within the middle ear?

Middle Ear Problems

Acoustic Neuroma
A benign tumor of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain. Feeling of fullness of the clogged ear sensation could be a sign of this condition, so don't delay in seeking professional help.

Meniere's Disease
Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can leave people afflicted with the disease battling vertigo so severe it can even leave them wheelchair bound. Meniere’s disease is a mysterious condition that has varying degrees of serious and physically draining symptoms.

Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a noise, like the clicking sound associated with otitis media, that seems to originate in the ear or head that is usually an indication of some damage to your auditory system. It can be constant or periodic, and seem to come from specific sides of your head (as in left, right, center, etc.).

Otosclerosis
Otosclerosis is a condition in which the formation of bone, usually within the middle ear, causes hearing loss. It's not fully understood why this bone growth happens, but factors like pregnancy, virus, and genetics are thought to contribute to its likelihood. Surgeries for otosclerosis varies and can depend on the severity of the condition and other underlying problems.

Otitis Media
A build up of fluid in the middle ear due to bacteria or other conditions like sinus problems is common and can result in an inability to regulate the pressure in the middle ear, leading to inflammation and ear infections.

It is important to having hearing problems associated with an earache evaluated in order to treat the symptoms before hearing loss becomes permanent. If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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