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Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

When It Comes to Pain Listen to the Ears

The ears have a lot to say when it comes to pain.

It's not always easy as a parent to tell when our child's pain requires immediate attention. When it comes to making the decision to take them to the doctor or a hearing health specialist, the ears have a lot to say. Pain within the ears is not something to be dismissed or taken lightly. Any pain inside their ears could be a sign of a middle ear infection. If left untreated a middle ear infection may cause hearing loss. So when it comes to pain, it's best to listen to the ears.

Otitis Media
The ears have a lot to say when it comes to pain. Pain experienced within the ears needs to be taken serious. A build up of fluid in the middle ear due to bacteria or other conditions like sinus problems can result in an inability to regulate the pressure in the middle ear, leading to inflammation and ear infections. Ear pain, sore throat, headache, clicking, and hearing loss can all be signs of a middle ear infection. Other symptoms include the following:

Middle Ear Infections Symptoms

• Pain in ear that worsens when napping or lying down
• Rubbing, pulling, yanking at ear in agitation or obvious discomfort (More common in children)
• Irritability, crying, inability to sleep, and lack of interest in food (More common in children)
• Head pain or headache
• Fever (More common in children)
• Vertigo, balance problems, or unexpected falls
• Hearing loss
• Fluid drainage from ear

This below video explains further about the symptoms of middle ear infection.

In addition to infections, there are other conditions that can cause issues with the middle ear. Below is a list of common middle ear conditions that could cause problems with hearing and balance.

Other 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.

It is important to having hearing problems associated with an earache evaluated in order to rule out more severe causes of the middle ear and especially in children to treat the symptoms before hearing loss becomes permanent or begins to interfere with learning and development. 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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