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Noise Includes Hearing Loss!

Dr. Vivek Dudeja 87% (18 ratings)
MBBS, MS (ENT), DNB (ENT), MNAMS
ENT Specialist, Hisar
Noise Includes Hearing Loss!

Nihl also called as noise induces hearing loss, is a permanent hearing loss caused by prolonged exposure to high levels of noise.
Causes:
By exposure to excessively loud noise for longer periods 

  • by firecracker
  • phone
  • loud music at concert/party
  • gunshots
  • loud music in mobile phones
  • And lot many

Symptoms:

  • pain in ears during loud noise exposure.
  • you speaking louder
  • you have tinnitus - ringing, whooshing, roaring or buzzing sounds in your ears - after noise exposure.
  • trouble understanding what other people are saying, or it sounds like they are mumbling.

Cure:
The first thing after you notice any symptoms, do visit ent specialist otherwise it may result in the permanent hearing loss. Also once it becomes permanent, there is no cure to nihl, in nihl. The hair cells in your inner ear are damaged by the exposure to noise. The hair cells’ ability to pick-up and transmit sound to the brain is thus reduced.


Preventions:
There is only one prevention from nihl which is staying away from loud noise or may be using ear protections in some cases. 

Know The Symptoms And Treatment Of Acute Mastoiditis!

Dr. Rajeev Arya 85% (18 ratings)
MBBS, Master of Surgery ENT
ENT Specialist, Faridabad
Know The Symptoms And Treatment Of Acute Mastoiditis!

The infection of the bone of the ear is Mastoiditis. This may be an acute infection needing hospitalisation and injectable drugs or may be in the form of slow bone eroding processes like cholesteatoma.

Let us learn more about this condition and its treatment-

Understanding the Mastoid Bone: The mastoid bone is made up of air sacs and it looks a lot like a sponge. In this sense, it is different from the other bones that can be found in the human body. In order to function properly, this bone requires air from the other parts of the ear, including the Eustachain Tube which connects the middle part of the ear with the portion that lies at the back of the throat. If this tube gets infected due to any reason, the infection and bacteria can also travel to the Mastoid bone, leading to an infection in this area. Another form of the infection starts from the ear drum and a slowly progressive bone eroding process starts which spreads into the air sacs and can potentially spread to the brain.

Symptoms: Acute mastoiditis will present with earache, ear discharge and onset of fever and chills, as well as redness and inflammation behind the ear. Pain in the ear may be experienced along with headaches and swelling that may be experienced behind the eyes. At the very earliest sign, these symptoms must be reported to an ENT or ear throat nose specialist so that the treatment can happen at the earliest. Chronic mastoiditis may be due to repeated infections and bone eroding cholesteatoma which presents with repeated episodes of ear discharge which may be foul smelling and may even have blood.

Diagnosis: The diagnosis is mostly made on ear examination and may involve imaging tests like a CT scan as well as an MRI scan of the head and the ear. A simple X-ray of the mastoids can help in detecting the severity of the infection, and it spread.

Treatment: After diagnosing the problem with imaging tests as well as a detailed ear examination, the doctor will usually start the treatment by admitting the patient in the hospital. Antibiotic medication will be administered through intravenous methods, after which oral antibiotics will be prescribed for many days after the patient has been discharged from the hospital. Surgery may be required if the infection has not cleared up even after the use of antibiotics and is also done in cases of bone erosion. This surgery will be done to drain the infected fluid from the ear and remove a part of this Mastoid bone. Complications like facial paralysis and vertigo need to be discussed with the surgeon before the surgery.

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ENT Specialist in Gurgaon

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 87% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
ENT Specialist in Gurgaon

An ENT specialist or otolaryngologist exprise in problems related to upper respiratory tract problems, hearing ability and speech skill test. Best ENT specialists in Gurgaon are skilled in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases related to upper respiratory tract like nasal passages, larynx, trachea, ear, nose, and throat. Below is the Best ENT specialists in Gurgaon that you can refer to in case of hearing problems, throat infections or speech disability.

1. Dr. K.K Handa

Commonwealth fellowship for training in Lasers, DNB, MBBS, MNAMS, MS(ENT)

Consultation fees: ₹800 - 900

Dr. K.K Handa has 30 years of experience as a trusted Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist. His areas of keen interest are endoscopic sinus surgery and head and neck surgery. He is also among the foremost voice and laser surgeons in the country. His expertise includes laryngology, voice surgery, laser surgery and cochlear implants.

2. Dr. Priyanjana Acharyya Sharma

MBBS, MS - ENT ( Gold Medalist Honors )

Consultation fees: ₹600

Dr. Priyaranjan Acharyya Sharma has around 10 years of experience and was a gold medallist in her MS ENT specialist. Dr. Sharma has specialization in treatments such as implants, removal of foreign bodies and aiding in the healing of impairment or injuries. She is a permanent member of IMA, MCI and AOI. She currently practices at Apollo Cradle, the GNH Hospital and the ENT care in Gurgaon. 

3. Dr. Vijay Verma

MS - ENT , MBBS

Consultation fees: ₹500-1000

Dr. Vijay Verma is one of the most trusted and reputed doctor in his field. In 13 years of his practice he has gained a lot of trust from his patients and respect from his colleagues. He currently practices at  3 Senses ENT & Clinic and Artemis Hospital. He is also member with Association of Otolaryngologist of India. The ENT services provided by him are Cochlear Implant, Hearing Aid Fitting, Speech and Hearing Impairment, throat and nasal disorder treatment. He is well aware of the advancement medical technologies and treats his patients with a lot of commitment and care.

4. Dr. Shashidhar TB

MBBS, MS - ENT, Certificate in Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, ECFMG (USA), 

Robotic Surgery Familiarization (France)

Consultation fees: ₹800-1000

Dr. Shashidhar is renowned ENT specialist currently practicing in Gurgaon. He has 13 years of national and international experience. His area of interest is robotic surgery. Other than he specialties in reconstructive middle ear surgery, septorhinoplasty, laryngoscopy and salivary gland surgery. He is known for his diagnoses skill and has been awarded with many prizes like  Best Paper Award (Runner Up) In International Pediatric Otolaryngology Conference , Winner of Prestigious Delhi State and All India ENT Residents Quiz and the Winner of GSK all India Medimind Medical Quiz. he is a member of  the Haryana Medical Council.

5. Dr. Manish Prakash

MBBS, MS-ENT, DNB (ENT), DOHNS(LONDON) 

Consultation fees: ₹600

Dr Manish Prakash is one of the leading ENT surgeons in Gurgaon. He has 20 years of experience and is a Life Member of Association of Otolaryngologists India, Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, a Life Member of the India Medical Association and a Life Member of IMA Gurgaon. He is currently affiliated with Mayom Hospital in Gurgaon. He specialises in foreign body removal,  fitting of hearing aids, nosebleed treatment, tonsillitis, canalith repositioning, functional endoscopic sinus surgery and treatment of deviated septums. 

6. Dr. Amitabh Malik

MS - ENT, MBBS

Consultation fees: ₹700

Dr. Amitabh Malik is currently practices at Paras Hospital, Gurgaon. He  has 18 years of practice in the field of ENT. His areas of special interest are pediatric ENT, Micro Ear, Micro Laryngeal, and Endoscopic Sinus. He has successfully conducted number of ENT surgeries and specializes in cochlear implantation.

7. Dr. Vineet Chadha

MBBS, MS - ENT

Consultation fees:₹500 - 1000

Dr Vineet Chadha is a renowned ENT specialist in Gurgaon and a senior ENT consultant at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon. In 10 years of his practice he reconstructive middle ear surgery, nasal endoscopy, treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, cochlear implants, fitting patient’s hearing aid, treating laryngeal cancer and treatment for sinus disorder.

8. Dr. Sarika Verma

MBBS, DNB - ENT

Consultation fees: ₹600 - 800

Dr. Sarika Verma is an ENT Surgeon and Allergy Specialist with 15 years of experience. In 15 years she has done more than 850 allergy tests by and has treated several patients with allergy vaccination or immunotherapy. Some of her other areas of specialisations are functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), Micro Ear surgery, Microlaryngeal surgery(MLS), tonsillectomy, endoscopic adenoidectomy and thyroid surgery. She is a member of various ENT National and state level associations.

9. Dr. Harmeet Singh Pasricha

DNB (ENT), MBBS, MNAMS - Otorhinolaryngology

Consultation fees:  ₹500 - 800

Dr. Harmeet Singh Pasricha is a renowned consultant Otorhinolaryngologist (Ear, Nose & Throat). Dr. Pasricha has 19 years of experience and has been associated with some prestigious hospitals like Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and Sri Ganga Ram Hospital. He is currently practicing at his own clinic the Pasricha ENT & Eye Care Centre, Gurgaon as a medical director and is a visiting consultant at Metro Hospital & Heart Institute, Palam Vihar and Columbia Asia Hospital, Palam Vihar. His areas of interest include Microsurgery of the Ear, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Micro Laryngeal Surgery

10. Dr. Sunil Aggarwal

MBBS, MS - ENT, DNB

Consultation fees:  ₹500

Dr. Sunil has more than 16 years of professional experience as an ENT Specialist he is a trusted name and is known for his diagnosing skills and treating all kinds of disorders that affect the ears, nose and throat, as well as related structures such as the head and neck. His keen areas of interest are hearing loss, tonsil troubles, hay fever, sore throat and sleep apnoea, etc. he is a senior consultant with Paras Hospital in Gurgaon.

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Stop Using Ear Buds Unnecessarily!

Dr. Pradeep R K A 95% (169 ratings)
MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Trivandrum
Stop Using Ear Buds Unnecessarily!

I always tell my patients not to use ear buds. Hearing this they used to ask me two question.

1) then how will we clear our ear wax?

2) then why is this ear buds so commonly available?

I think lybrate is a very good platform to answer those questions so that it also reaches the maximum.

1) clearing of wax is a normal process which happen in our ear canal. Wax is produced by the ceruminous glands in the outer canal. Minimal amount of wax is very much necessary for protection of the inner ear canal and ear drum. It prevents entry of foreign bodies into the ear. When we use ear bud inside the ear what we actually does is that we are pushing the ear wax more in towards the ear drum which makes it difficult for the ear to self cleanse. In that way unnecessary use of ear bud leds to excessive accumulation of wax which in turn causes lots of other ear problems like wax keratosis, otitis externa etc. Secondly the skin inside the ear canal is thinning and more sensitive than the outer skin, when we introduce ear buds into the ear we may be unknowingly causing small wounds called abrasions inside the canal. These wounds may get infected later, usually causing fungal infections called as otomycosis.

2) my answer to the second question is that ear buds are good to clean the outer structures of the ear, especially the pinna. Pinna is a complicated structure with lots of curves and turns. In order to clean these parts ear buds are very much useful. With the peculiar shape and size of the ear bud it's meant for cleaning such difficult areas. 

I hope I have conveyed my message and this will at leave save few of my brothers and sisters from conditions like otomycosis, otitis externa, wax keratosis, membrane perforations etc.
 

Swimmer's Ear - How To Treat It?

Dr. Akriba Ahmed 84% (12 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Otorhinolaryngology
ENT Specialist, Guwahati
Swimmer's Ear - How To Treat It?

Swimmer’s ear is a condition, which is characterized by an infection in the outer ear. This infection usually stems from the water that remains in the ear after swimming, forming a moist environment that allows bacteria to grow and procreate. This condition can also develop if you happen to insert your finger or other foreign objects into the ears.

Symptoms

The symptoms of this disorder are usually mild in the beginning, but may worsen if left untreated. In its germinating stage, this condition exhibits symptoms such as itching in the ears and a watery discharge. If the disorder has progressed to an advanced stage, then the symptoms become slightly different. An intense pain on the particular side of the face, swelling in the ear and blockage of the ear canal are some of the common symptoms. In extreme cases, swelling of the lymph nodes and moderate to high fever can be indicative of this condition.

Causes

The causes of swimmer’s ear are bacteria that are found in soil and water. Your ears have a natural defense system against infections; glands in the ear secrete an acidic substance called ‘cerumen’ that kills the bacteria. The ear canal has a downward slope from the middle ear to the outer ear, thus allowing the water to drain out. Swimmer’s ear occurs when these defenses fail to work. This happens when there is excessive moisture in the ear canal, creating an environment for the bacteria to grow. In addition, certain factors such as swimming in dirty water, a narrow ear canal and excessive cleaning of the ear canal can lead to this condition.

Treatment

The aim of the treatment is to prevent the infection from progressing and allow the ear to heal. The first step is to clean the ear canal so that the eardrops can reach the affected area. Once the ear is cleaned, eardrops are administered to get rid of the bacteria. The various medications that are used in the treatment of swimmer’s ear are:

1. Antibiotics: They are used to combat the bacteria that cause the infection.

2. Acidic solutions: It is used to restore the normal environment in the ear.

3. Steroids: These help in reducing the inflammation.

You may also be prescribed pain medications to treat the pain resulting from this condition. Try to avoid swimming till the condition heals completely. Make sure you aren’t inserting any foreign object in the ears as that may aggravate the situation further.

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Treatment of Ear infection!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 84% (10 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Treatment of Ear infection!

Treatment of Ear infection

Homeopathic Treatment of Ear infection
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Ear infection
Psychotherapy Treatment of Ear infection
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Ear infection
Surgical Treatment of Ear infection
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Ear infection
Other Treatment of Ear infection
What is Ear infection
Symptoms of Ear infection
Causes of Ear infection
Risk factors of Ear infection
Complications of Ear infection
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Ear infection
Precautions & Prevention of Ear infection
Treatment of Ear infection

Homeopathic Treatment of Ear infection

Homeopathic treatment works to strengthen the health of the child. It helps to reduce severe earache accompanied by a thick colored discharge from the nose or ears. Some of the homeopathic remedies for treatment of ear infection are:

Aconitum napellus
Belladonna
Chamomilla
Ferrum phosphoricum
Pulsatilla
Silicea

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Ear infection

Acupuncture can help local circulation, relive muscle tension and reduce inflammation due to virus .this in turn help earache or ear infections. Acupuncture will help reduce the trend of antibiotic overuse and the development of resistant strains of bacteria.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Ear infection

In the allopathic Treatment of Ear infection, over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen is prescribed to relieve pain. Prescription eardrops such as antipyrine-benzocaine (Aurodex) may provide additional pain relief.

Surgical Treatment of Ear infection

Surgical Treatment of Ear infection is called a myringotomy. During this procedure, a surgeon creates a tiny hole in the eardrum that enables him or her to suction fluids out of the middle ear. A tiny tube is placed in the opening to help ventilate the middle ear and prevent the accumulation of more fluids. Some tubes are intended to stay in place for six months to a year and then fall out on their own. Other tubes are designed to stay in longer and may need to be surgically removed.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Ear infection

Include lots of the anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, garlic, turmeric, cayenne, fish oils and raw pineapple in your diet.
Eliminate foods like fats, caffeine, aspirin, salt, sugar, and fried foods.
Eliminate dairy foods which thicken and increase mucus

Other Treatment of Ear infection

Apply cold or warm compresses, depending on what your child is comfortable with.

What is Ear infection?

An ear infection is the most common cause of earaches. The infection in the middle ear very often accompanies a common cold, the flu, or other types of respiratory infections. Ear infections are often painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear.

Symptoms of Ear infection

Ear pain
Tugging or pulling at an ear
Difficulty sleeping
Drainage of fluid from the ear
Diminished hearing
Sore throat
Crying more than usual
Acting more irritable than usual
Loss of balance
Headache
Fever
Loss of appetite
Vomiting
Diarrhea

Causes of Ear infection

It is caused by a bacterium or virus in the middle ear.

Risk factors of Ear infection

Family history
Between the ages of 6 months and 2 years
Babies who drink from a bottle, especially while lying down
During the fall and winter when colds and flu are prevalent
Exposure to tobacco smoke or high levels of air pollution can
American Indians and Inuits of Alaska and Canada

Complications of Ear infection

Hearing loss
Speech or developmental delays
Untreated infections 

Diagnosis of Ear infection

Diagnosis of Ear infection involves the following tests:

Pneumatic otoscope to look into the ear
Tympanometry
Acoustic reflectometry
Tympanocentesis

Precautions & Prevention of Ear infection

Avoid secondhand smoke
Breast-feed your baby for at least six months.
If you bottle-feed, hold your baby in an upright position
Prevent common colds and other illnesses
Talk to your doctor about vaccinations

Treatment of Ear infection !

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 84% (10 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Treatment of  Ear infection !

Treatment of  Ear infection​

Homeopathic Treatment of Ear infection
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Ear infection
Psychotherapy Treatment of Ear infection
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Ear infection
Surgical Treatment of Ear infection
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Ear infection
Other Treatment of Ear infection
What is Ear infection
Symptoms of Ear infection
Causes of Ear infection
Risk factors of Ear infection
Complications of Ear infection
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Ear infection
Precautions & Prevention of Ear infection
Treatment of Ear infection

Homeopathic Treatment of Ear infection

Homeopathic treatment works to strengthen the health of the child. It helps to reduce severe earache accompanied by a thick colored discharge from the nose or ears. Some of the homeopathic remedies for treatment of ear infection are:

Aconitum napellus
Belladonna
Chamomilla
Ferrum phosphoricum
Pulsatilla
Silicea

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Ear infection

Acupuncture can help local circulation, relive muscle tension and reduce inflammation due to virus .this in turn help earache or ear infections. Acupuncture will help reduce the trend of antibiotic overuse and the development of resistant strains of bacteria.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Ear infection

In the allopathic Treatment of Ear infection, over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen is prescribed to relieve pain. Prescription eardrops such as antipyrine-benzocaine (Aurodex) may provide additional pain relief.

Surgical Treatment of Ear infection

Surgical Treatment of Ear infection is called a myringotomy. During this procedure, a surgeon creates a tiny hole in the eardrum that enables him or her to suction fluids out of the middle ear. A tiny tube is placed in the opening to help ventilate the middle ear and prevent the accumulation of more fluids. Some tubes are intended to stay in place for six months to a year and then fall out on their own. Other tubes are designed to stay in longer and may need to be surgically removed.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Ear infection

Include lots of the anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, garlic, turmeric, cayenne, fish oils and raw pineapple in your diet.
Eliminate foods like fats, caffeine, aspirin, salt, sugar, and fried foods.
Eliminate dairy foods which thicken and increase mucus

Other Treatment of Ear infection

Apply cold or warm compresses, depending on what your child is comfortable with.

What is Ear infection?

An ear infection is the most common cause of earaches. The infection in the middle ear very often accompanies a common cold, the flu, or other types of respiratory infections. Ear infections are often painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear.

Symptoms of Ear infection

Ear pain
Tugging or pulling at an ear
Difficulty sleeping
Drainage of fluid from the ear
Diminished hearing
Sore throat
Crying more than usual
Acting more irritable than usual
Loss of balance
Headache
Fever
Loss of appetite
Vomiting
Diarrhea

Causes of Ear infection

It is caused by a bacterium or virus in the middle ear.

Risk factors of Ear infection

Family history
Between the ages of 6 months and 2 years
Babies who drink from a bottle, especially while lying down
During the fall and winter when colds and flu are prevalent
Exposure to tobacco smoke or high levels of air pollution can
American Indians and Inuits of Alaska and Canada

Complications of Ear infection

Hearing loss
Speech or developmental delays
Untreated infections 

Diagnosis of Ear infection

Diagnosis of Ear infection involves the following tests:

Pneumatic otoscope to look into the ear
Tympanometry
Acoustic reflectometry
Tympanocentesis

Precautions & Prevention of Ear infection

Avoid secondhand smoke
Breast-feed your baby for at least six months.
If you bottle-feed, hold your baby in an upright position
Prevent common colds and other illnesses
Talk to your doctor about vaccinations

Perforated Eardrum Pain - Things You Need To Be Aware Of!

Mr. Navin Kumar 89% (10 ratings)
Master in Audiology & Speech language Pathology
Audiologist, Ranchi
Perforated Eardrum Pain - Things You Need To Be Aware Of!

The eardrum is a thin tissue stretched across the ear canal. It protects the inner ear and plays an important role in our ability to hear and recognise sounds. However, because of its delicate construction, it may be perforated or ruptured due to an infection, trauma or damage to the ear. Symptoms of a perforated eardrum include a ringing noise in the ears, vertigo, hearing loss and fluid or blood in the ear canal.

Here are a few tips to deal with perforated eardrum pain.

  • Keep the ear dry: If you have a ruptured eardrum, you may bathe and shower normally but do not allow water or soap to enter the ears. Placing a wad of cotton or gauze over the ear can help protect the ear. While showering you may hold the cotton in place with your finger by applying light pressure on the same. Do not press it too hard or try to plug the ear completely. Some water may fall off your fingers but this will be absorbed by the cotton and will not enter the ear. Remove this cotton or gauze only after you have finished towelling yourself.
  • Do not plug the ears: It is a normal reaction to plug the ears with cotton or gauze if you notice blood or any other fluid flowing from the ear. However, this should never be done. Plugging the ears will trap the fluid within the ear and promote bacterial infections. This can aggravate the perforation even further. Instead, keep the ear canal open and as dry as possible. Slowly the bleeding will cease and a clot will be formed on its own.
  • Rest: As far as possible avoid travelling if you have a ruptured eardrum. Instead, stay at home and get some rest. Though the rest of your body may feel fine, it needs rest and recuperation to build up its immunity and heal. Try to lie on your side so that the ear with the perforated eardrum facing downwards. This will help the blood and fluids accumulated inside drain out.
  • Take the prescribed medicine: A ruptured eardrum can be painful and hence your doctor is likely to prescribe pain relievers. Follow this prescription strictly and continue taking the medication until the course is completed. Do not stop midway without consulting your doctor. Also, do not overdose or self-medicate with over the counter pain relievers.
     
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Earwax Buildup & Blockage - How To Get Rid Of It?

Dr. Brajpal Singh Tyagi 87% (25 ratings)
MBBS, MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Ghaziabad
Earwax Buildup & Blockage - How To Get Rid Of It?

The body has its own protective mechanisms, and one of these is the ear wax. The skin in the ear produces an oily, waxy substance known as cerumen. This is produced to help protect the ear from the dust and the microorganisms that it is constantly subjected to. What happens is this earwax is naturally removed from the ear as it gets washed away through the ear canal that opens to the outside. However, in some cases, where there is an excessive production of wax, it can harden and cause blockage. Read on to know more about how this ear wax builds up, how it may cause blockage, and how to get rid of it.

Buildup: As noted, the ear wax is a natural protective mechanism to keep dust and bacteria from entering the ear canal which is a very critical organ. The middle ear is responsible for maintaining overall body balance. However, in some people, more wax is produced than what gets removed. Also, due to recurrent use of earphones and ear buds, the wax can get pushed deeper. The earphones also could block the wax from getting out of the ear canal.

Excessive ear wax can lead to the following:

It is important to know that trying to remove ear wax at home should be avoided, as they can push the wax internally and cause more severe problems. These above symptoms could be indicative of various other problems in the ear and so should be immediately attended to by a medical doctor. Those who use hearing aids may also face the problem of excessive wax buildup.

Removal: As mentioned above, removal should not be done at home. This is true especially for young children and elderly.

  • Wax softening: There are specific drops which can be used to soften ear wax. Some other products at home which can be used include baby oil, glycerine, mineral oil, or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Over-the-counter: Ear irrigation kits are available with clear instructions and can be used safely.

As the next step, clinical removal may be required. Those who are prone for excessive wax buildup may go for an annual or biannual wax removal. This could include irrigation and use of suction or curette to remove the wax. Ear wax, though not very pleasant, has a role to play in the ear’s health and small amounts of it is beneficial.

What Causes Balance Disorder? How To Know If You Are Suffering From It?

Dr. Pankaj Kumar Gupta 82% (10 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Otorhinolaryngology (DLO)
ENT Specialist, Delhi
What Causes Balance Disorder? How To Know If You Are Suffering From It?

Balance disorders are a combination of physiological factors that can make you feel unsteady or dizzy. While sitting, standing or lying down, you may feel as if you are floating, moving, or spinning and you may feel dizzy and dazed for the time being. This disorder can intervene in your daily activities of life, and can even lead to falls and accidents, which may cause you to end up with fractures and other types of injuries.

What causes balance disorder?

A combination and coordination of many body systems such as muscles, bones, vision, the balancing organ within the ear, heart and nerves help maintain normal balance. Dysfunction of these systems can lead you to encounter balance problems. Balance disorders can be caused by many types of conditions.

Some of the causes of the disorder are:

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): This occurs due to dislodged or displaced calcium crystals in the inner ear, which help you maintain balance. It is the most commonly found cause of vertigo. A spinning sensation while turning in bed is a common sign.

  1. Migraines: Migraines are a general cause of dizziness. Sensitivity to motion can also be caused by migraines. It can also lead to motion sickness, which is dizziness experienced when traveling in boats, cars or airplanes.
  2. Head injury: A severe concussion can also cause vertigo.
  3. Ramsay Hunt syndrome: Commonly known as zoster otitis, this condition affects the nerves close to the ears. It can be attributed to hearing loss, vertigo and pain in the ear.
  4. Vestibular problems and nerve damage: Damaged nerves in the legs can cause difficulty in movement and locomotion. Abnormalities and dysfunctions in the inner ear can lead to a sensation of dizziness and a heavy head.

How do you know if you have balance disorder?

Some of the characteristic symptoms of this condition include:

- Blurred vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea
- Blood pressure
- Fatigue
- Depression and anxiety
- Psychological disorientation
- Fluctuations in blood pressure and heart rate

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