3 COMMON EAR PROBLEMS YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE
The ear is a vital aspect of human life because this specialized portion of the body is not only responsible for hearing but also balance. The ear detects sound waves and turns them into sounds that humans can understand because of its unique mechanism and operating process. Although the ear’s major role is to sustain the process of hearing, it is also crucial for preserving a person’s sense of balance. The ear appears to be the most basic element of the human body. It is separated into three parts: the inner ear, middle ear, and outside the ear, but it is not as simple. Hearing and balance can be affected by any problem with the appropriate functioning of the ear and its parts. It can lead to major problems if left untreated. Some ear disorders are more frequent as discussed below.
Pair of narrow tubes called Eustachian tubes lie in the middle ear, which is responsible for regulating the air pressure and draining the secretions from the middle ear. Blocking of these tubes can cause a build-up of the fluid, which can become infected by the bacteria or viruses. This type of ear infection of the middle part due to swollen Eustachian tubes commonly affects the kids of age six months to two years. It presents with a headache, feeling of pressure in the ear, facial pain, and impaired hearing. Parents should not ignore signs and symptoms of ear infections in kids and should consult the ENT doctor immediately to prevent further complications.
Swimmer’s ear is common among people and kids that spend more time in the water. The water can get retained in the ear canal and the moisture environment can aid the growth of bacteria and fungi in the ear. It is also known as otitis externa. It presents with the sign and symptoms of ear itching, redness of the ear, and discharge of fluid from the ear canal. It is not essential to swim, to get the swimmer’s ear; any sort of injury that damages the ear canal can lead to this condition. However, it is more common for children that are careless and spend more time in the water, especially during summers. Thus, parents need to be attentive.
One of the bothersome conditions that can be caused by the ear problem is Vertigo. Vertigo makes a person feel like he or his surroundings are spinning whereas everything is still in reality. Sometimes the vertigo is so minor that it is barely noticeable and sometimes it is so worse that a person cannot even take a few steps. There can be many causes of vertigo. However, the most common cause is problems with the inner ear. Loss of balance, dizzy spell, nausea, vomiting, and feeling of sickness is symptoms that present with Vertigo. It is vital to timely diagnose the causative agent and get vestibular rehabilitation therapy to prevent long-term complications and further risks.
If you notice such symptoms that affect your hearing and balance in daily life feel free to consult ENT CLINIC LONDON to get proper diagnosis and treatment.