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12 Ear Deformities That Can Be Treated!

Dr. Prashantha Kesari 88% (10 ratings)
MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, DNB, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
12 Ear Deformities That Can Be Treated!

Abnormal development of the ear can lead to a lot of complications in the anatomy of the ear such as developmental and hearing problems. It can also give a deformed look to the ear. As such, ear deformity surgery corrects the shape of the ear and facilitates activities inside of it.

Types of ear deformities which can be treated with ear deformity surgery:

  1. Protruding ears: This is also called prominent ears. This condition is characterized by the ear protruding out from the side of the head. It can stick out more than 2cms from the side portion of the head.
  2. Constricted ears: This condition is characterized by the rim of the ear getting wrinkled, folded or tight. This condition is also known as ‘lop ear’ disorder.
  3. Cryptotia: This condition occurs when the framework of the ear cartilage gets partially buried under the skin.
  4. Microtia: This occurs when the external ear is underdeveloped.
  5. Anotia: When the ear is totally absent.
  6. Stahl’s ear: In this condition, the ears are pointy in shape and there is an extra cartilage in the scapha portion (groove or depression of the ear).
  7. Ear tagsThey are also known as branchial cleft remnant or accessory tragus. This disorder consists of extra skin and cartilage in the ear.
  8. Earlobe deformities: These include duplicate earlobes, earlobes with clefts and skin tags attached to the ear lobe.
  9. Traumatic ear deformities: Some people have tears, laceration and bite injuries in their ears due to accidents or traumas. It can also be cured with ear deformity surgery.
  10. Cauliflower ear: Sometimes, an abnormal cartilage might form on the normal cartilage, this gives an abnormal appearance to the ears.
  11. Ear keloids: This is caused by excessive tissue formation after a minor trauma such as ear piercing.
  12. Ear hemangiomas: This is a common form of tumor in infancy. It can not only occur on the ears but also on any other parts of the body.

Ear deformity surgery is performed by a team of experts and plastic surgeons. Ear reconstruction can also be performed after an ear deformity surgery.

Occasions festive very loud exposure increased my tinnitus too much. Even hearing loss got worse in 4-5 days. These all happen sudden. Anyway to recover?

Dr. Celina L J 92% (36 ratings)
MS - Laryngology
ENT Specialist, Bangalore
It could be because of a damage to the nerve. That can be identified if you get a Pure tone audiometry test done. Treatment will depend upon the report.
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I have got hurted in my ear with a key. And the problem is that I can not contact any doctor now. And it is bleeding now. And I can not hear clearly.

ENT Specialist, Visakhapatnam
I have got hurted in my ear with a key. And the problem is that I can not contact any doctor now.
And it is bleeding ...
Keep ear dry. Don't do head bath for a month during normal bath keep vasiline cotton pug inside wat to prevent water from going inside. Bleeding will be stopped spontaneously don't use any ear drops to ear it will heal spontaneously heal in case of ear pus /water discharge.
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Cochlear Implants - 6 Benefits You Must Know!

Dr. Vivek Kumar Pathak 89% (198 ratings)
ENT Specialist, Noida
Cochlear Implants - 6 Benefits You Must Know!

You should consider undertaking a cochlear implant in case you are experiencing hearing loss or are turning deaf. This is a small device that gets planted in your ear through a surgical procedure. It sends impulses to your auditory nerves directly, as a result of which sound signals get carried to your brain. Cochlear implants may not make you hear normally again, but help you with different sounds, and in the recognition of the different sounds around you like alarms, telephones, and door bells.

How it works?

  1. A cochlear implant is fit for children and adults who suffer from the sensorineural hearing loss. This condition damages the tiny hair cells in your inner ear, which is called the cochlea. Hearing becomes impaired when these get damaged.
  2. The device consists of two specific parts. The first part or the receiver-stimulator is placed under your skin via a surgical procedure. The other part of the device is the speech processor. It has to be worn around your neck in the form of a hearing aid.
  3. The external device is, however, larger in size than a usual hearing aid. The receiver gets placed under your skin, behind the ear via a small incision. It is connected to electrodes.
  4. This is inserted into the cochlea of your inner ear. The surgery requires a few hours to be undertaken successfully.
  5. The speech processor has to be placed two weeks after the surgery is undertaken. The processor can be connected to the microphone, and this can be worn around the ear.
  6. You can wear it on any other part of your body, based on your lifestyle and age.

Benefits of cochlear implant
The major benefits of a cochlear implant are as follows:

  1. You might be able to hear speech almost normally.
  2. You will be able to understand speech better, and will not have to depend on lip reading.
  3. It will be much easier and simpler for you to listen to the television and talk over the phone.
  4. You will be able to listen to music better.
  5. You may also be able to pick up various sounds around you that include soft, medium, and loud sounds.
  6. You will be able to control your own voice better. This makes other people understand you better.

If you are suffering from severe hearing loss, a cochlear implant may be able to change your life for the better. However, the results are not the same for all, and vary among people. It is possible for some people to benefit more from such an implant than others.

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I am suffering ear pain and some pus is coming from ear. I have visited to doctor he told me there is hole in eardrum .now I feel some hearings loss. So pls advise me for treatment. Thanks.

Dr. Diganta Kumar Das 92% (243 ratings)
Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), MBBS
ENT Specialist, Guwahati
I am suffering ear pain and some pus is coming from ear. I have visited to doctor he told me there is hole in eardrum...
Hello and welcome to Lybrate. First of all I would like to assure you that you need not worry and it's fully curable. From your history, I guess that you might be suffering from ASOM. The pain, it generally subsides after the discharge starts .The hole in ear drum, it will gradually starts healing once the discharge stops and completes approx by 3 months. Regarding blocking sensation and decreased hearing, it will also resolve once the ear is dry. All you have to take care is to prevent your ear from water entry. Just make a cotton pack mixed with Vaseline and block your ear while bathing. Take your medicine regularly. Only few cases needs myringoplasty operation if does not heal by 3 to 6 months. So, you need not worry and everything will be OK. I hope my words might helped you resolve few of your concerns, if not all. Stay healthy and get well soon. Thanks.
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Is there any possible treatment available for noise induced hearing loss? The loss is 40db. Can homeopathy help? Is there any medicine that can regenerate ear nerves and cure hearing?

Dr. Ruchika Mittal 90% (149 ratings)
Audiologist, Delhi
Is there any possible treatment available for noise induced hearing loss? The loss is 40db. Can homeopathy help? Is t...
Noise Induced hearing loss can be temporary or permanent depending upon type and degree of the hearing loss. I need to c your hearing profile before I answer this question. But yes if the loss is old then chances to recover are almost nill. NIHL is usually a high frequency hearing loss if that so and you do not face much of problem in day today communication. No treatment is required. Just get your hearing checked once a year.
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Hearing Loss - 4 Myths About It!

Dr. Shashidhar 87% (53 ratings)
ECFMU, MS - ENT, MBBS, Certificate in Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Robotic Surgery Familiarization (France)
ENT Specialist, Gurgaon
Hearing Loss - 4 Myths About It!

Hearing loss is experienced by millions of people these days. Ageing is not the only factor that brings hearing impairment. The causes are many. Certain medications, continuous exposure to loud noise, genetic involvement, injury and some medical conditions may cause hearing loss.

There are quite a few myths that people have come to believe about hearing loss over the years. Since it is such a common phenomenon, here we take a look at the common myths surrounding hearing loss.

Myth no. 1: Hearing loss is exclusive to elderly.

Fact: As said before, hearing loss can be an outcome of various causes. Nearly half of the people suffering from the same are below the age of 55 years. No matter what your age is, you must always get your ears checked, especially if you are feeling that are you missing things.

Myth no. 2: Diagnosing hearing loss is easy.

Fact: Most people do not come to know about the condition until it gets worse. Also, your physician never really checks for hearing loss symptoms in a general check-up unless you ask for it specifically.

So, always get a check-up done, like you do for other probable diseases.

Myth no. 3: There's no effective solution for hearing loss.

Fact: Like there have been advancements in the medical field for everything else, there are aids available these days that improve your hearing and have finer adjustments for noise adaptation. Also, there are certain other procedures and surgeries that have proved to improve the condition in many.

So, seek help as soon as possible.

Myth no. 4: The sounds aren't loud enough; my ears are healthy and fine.

Fact: If there is a problem you're experiencing with hearing, you have got to accept that and get it treated. Avoiding a certain condition will only get things worse for you.

Also, hearing aids are no more a stigma. Ear aid devices have designs similar to earphones these days, which are comfortable enough to wear. Ignoring a medical condition or inability to accept the same would only do more harm instead of making things fine.

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My father is 54. He is having irritating roaring noise in ears. Due to this, having severe hearing problems. He tells that he is having a bud like thing in the ear canal and when he presses this with a q-tip, this sound stops. What can be the cause? He was working in a noisy environment for about seven years.

Dr. Arpit Agrawal 88% (22 ratings)
ENT Specialist, Delhi
My father is 54. He is having irritating roaring noise in ears. Due to this, having severe hearing problems. He tells...
So this we call as tinnitus. It is a symptom of varied causes. And to correct your view on this, hearing loss causes tinnitus and not vice-versa. So your father need to undergo a battery of tests to rule out the causes of tinnitus, and if no cause is identified (as in most of the cases) then it has no defined treatment unfortunately. Every doctor try their own prescription for tinnitus, which works for some .hope this all I info will help you further. Tc.
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Get Your Ears Tested - 6 Signs For It!

Dr. Vineet Jain 92% (37 ratings)
ENT Specialist, Kota
Get Your Ears Tested - 6 Signs For It!

Here are 6 signs to watch out for that could indicate 'You need to get your Ears tested':

1. Your TV is blaring: Do you often find people around you shouting above the TV sound complaining that it's too loud? When you find it hard to hear the TV at the average volume and find yourself turning up the sound, this could signify a hearing loss. Doctors are seeing a growing number of patients visiting them after prolonged exposure to loud music and sounds.

2. You find it hard to hear phone conversations: Do you find yourself asking the person on the other end of the phone line to 'repeat' themselves, or find yourself pressing the phone instrument right into your ear? If you are trying so hard to hear, you might find yourself missing out on bits of the conversation as focussing to clearly hear the conversation is exhausting work. Getting a hearing test might be a good option if this sounds like you.

3. You have trouble hearing in noisy environments: When you are out dining with friends or family at a busy restaurant or accompanying a friend shopping in a busy street, all that background noise makes it difficult to hear what the people are saying. People with hearing loss often have problems masking out background noise.

4. Family members telling 'you're going deaf'?: Trust the views of the people closest to you, they never lie about your health. Family members often are the first to sense signs of hearing loss as they find themselves repeating things to you or calling out louder to get your 'attention'.

5. You find yourself staying away from social occasions, family gatherings or avoid being the first to start conversations

6. You find yourself leaning closer to people to follow the conversation or staring at their lips trying to lip-read what's being said. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ent Specialist.

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Hearing Loss - Types And Causes

Dr. Vineet Chadha 90% (16 ratings)
ENT Specialist, Gurgaon
Hearing Loss - Types And Causes

Hearing loss is a common sensory problem that generally develops with increasing age or due to prolonged or persistent exposure to loud noises. It is one of the most typical problems that occurs throughout the world. If you are suffering from partial hearing loss, you may find ways of keeping in touch with your family and friends. If you are not suffering from such the following may help you keep your hearing intact for years to come.

Types of hearing loss:
There are two main types of hearing loss: 
1. Conductive Hearing Loss where the problem lies in the middle ear, eardrum or ossicles. A conductive hearing loss affects the passage of sound between the eardrum and the inner ear. Sound passes down the ear canal to the ear drum and through the middle ear, where the sound is transmitted across the middle ear by the three bones called the ossicles to the inner ear.

Causes of conductive hearing loss:

  1. Malformation of outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear structures
  2. Fluid in the middle ear from colds
  3. Ear infection (otitis media - an infection of the middle ear in which an accumulation of fluid may interfere with the movement of the eardrum and ossicles
  4. Allergies
  5. Poor Eustachian tube function
  6. Perforated eardrum
  7. Benign tumors
  8. Impacted earwax
  9. Infection in the ear canal
  10. Foreign body in the ear
  11. Otosclerosis

2. Sensorineural Hearing Loss where there is damage in the inner ear, cochlea or hearing nerve. Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Most of the time, SNHL cannot be medically or surgically corrected. This is the most common type of permanent hearing loss.

Causes of sensorineural hearing loss:

  1. Exposure to loud noise
  2. Head trauma
  3. Virus or disease
  4. Autoimmune inner ear disease
  5. Hearing loss that runs in the family
  6. Aging (presbycusis)
  7. Malformation of the inner ear
  8. Meniere's Disease
  9. Otosclerosis 
  10. Tumors

Coping with Hearing Loss:
Antibiotics and eardrops are often prescribed to treat hearing loss and its symptoms. In many cases, people suffering from severe hearing loss use hearing aids. Hearing aids are tiny instruments that people use in their ears to make sounds louder. People who suffer from hearing loss cope with their problems through increased concentration and focus. The usual way involves reading the moving lips of the person while they talk. Prevention is better than cure and is the best solution to avoid long term hearing loss. Avoiding continuous loud noises, to the possible extent helps prevent hearing loss to a great extent. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ent Specialist.

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