Common Ear Problems
There are many types of ear problems and disorders. These problems can affect hearing as well as balance. Some of the common ear problems include:
It is an infection of the outer ear canal. It develops when the remains of water, often from swimming, get trapped inside the ear and creates a moist and warm environment that aids in bacterial growth. Using cotton swabs to remove the water, might damaging the thin layer of skin lining the ear canal and make the condition worse.
It occurs when there is a hole or rupture in the eardrum. A number of things can cause the eardrum to rupture such as the pressure of a middle ear infection or poking it with a foreign object. In most cases, the eardrum heals spontaneously.
It is characterized by the sound of ringing in the ear, or other noises ranging from loud roaring to clicking, hissing, or buzzing. It might be acute; for instance exposure to loud music, but it can also be permanent and chronic. It often accompanies hearing impairment but does not cause it. It might signify an underlying condition such as age-related hearing loss, Meniere's disease, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.
Even though ear wax in appropriate amounts protects the ear and is perfectly normal, a build-up of wax can be a problem and may cause hearing impairment. Cleaning the ear from excess wax may require using wax-softening ear drops. The wax might also need to be removed by a doctor.
- Otitis Media
Otitis Media is an inflammation of the middle ear. It is characterized by the buildup of fluid behind the eardrum because of colds, allergies, or upper respiratory infections and the presence of bacteria or viruses. It can affect hearing if not handled properly, and is very common in children.