Acute otitis media (AOM) is a very common type of ear infection which usually occurs in children but can occur in adults. Often the cause is a viral infection i.e.“ a cold” which results in inflammation behind the ear drum with consequent severe ear ache, deafness, buzzing in the ear and a temperature. The ear
Ear canal infections occur when either a bacteria or fungus infects the skin of the ear canal. This causes severe pain in the ear with hearing loss, buzzing, itching and a discharge. The ear looks normal, but the ear canal is very tender to touch and often there is a foul discharge. Predisposing
Vestibular Neuritis (VN) – Acute Unilateral Peripheral Vestibulopathy This condition has many names: vestibular neuritis, vestibular neuronitis, viral neurolabyrinthitis, acute unilateral vestibular failure, acute unilateral peripheral vestibulopathy, acute vestibulopathy of unknown aetiology, acute unilateral peripheral deficit, epidemic vertigo & peripheral acute vestibular syndrome It is a common cause of severe prolonged dizziness due to a
Middle Ear Perilymph Fistula is a rare condition where there is a tear or hole in one or both of the small, thin membranes (the oval and the round windows) between the middle and inner ear resulting in a leak of perilymph into the middle ear. There are many causes for this and include:- i)External
Superior canal dehiscence is a rare condition and is one of a group of diseases caused by a “third mobile window”. It is due to an abnormal connection between the inner ear and the brain cavity. Patients complaint of dizziness may be vertigo (a “spinning sensation”) and/or unsteadiness and/or lightheadedness, lasting a few seconds. This
Vestibular Paroxysmia is a rare condition with significant overlap in symptoms and signs with other causes of dizziness, so is difficult to diagnose with certainty. It is thought to be due to an overlying compression, by the anterior inferior cerebellar artery, lateral to the midpoint of the acoustic nerve (8th cranial nerve). This compression irritates
Do you experience problems with your ears when flying? Do they pop as the plane climbs or descends? To understand what is happening to you you need to know about how the ears work. Let us explain. At the bottom of the ear hole (the ear canal) is the ear drum. Behind the ear drums
Ménière’s disease (pronounced “many-ears”) is infrequent problem of the inner ear. It is a repeating problem of the inner ear in which there is a build-up of fluid in the membranes of the inner ear giving a feeling of pressure or fullness in the ears. These membranes then suddenly burst making you feel very dizzy.