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Ear pain

Ear pain

  • Ear pain, also known as otalgia, can stem from various causes, including infections such as otitis media (middle ear infection) or otitis externa (outer ear infection).
  • Trauma to the ear, such as injuries from sudden loud noises, pressure changes during air travel, or direct injury to the ear, can result in ear pain.
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, dental issues, or referred pain from throat infections can also manifest as ear pain.
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction or blockage can cause pressure changes in the middle ear, leading to discomfort or pain in the ear.
  • In some cases, serious conditions like mastoiditis, tumors, or inflammation of the ear canal (like in swimmer's ear) can cause severe ear pain and require medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment.
  • An ENT specialist can diagnose and treat ear pain by conducting thorough evaluations to identify the underlying cause and provide appropriate medical interventions or treatments for relief

Why there is pain in my Ear? What Cause Ear Pain?

A person with ear pain feels discomfort in the outer, middle, or inner ear. Ear pain may be caused by an ear injury, inflammation, or infection. The most common cause of ear pain is an ear infection, such as otitis media or otitis externa. Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear, while otitis externa is an infection of the ear canal.

  •  Ear infection
  •  Changes in air pressure, such as when flying on a plane
  •  Earwax Buildup
  •  A foreign object in the ear
  •  Strep Throat
  • Sinus Infection
  • Shampoo or water trapped in the ear
  • Use of cotton swabs in the ear
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Arthritis affecting the jaw
  • Infected Tooth
  • Impacted Tooth
  • Braces on Teeth
  • Eczema in the ear canal
  • Chronic facial nerve pain

Earaches in Babies and Children

Earaches and ear pain in children are a fact of life for parents and are one of the most common reasons they call their pediatrician after hours. Experts estimate that 3 out of 4 babies develop ear infections, when fluid in the middle ear builds up and inflammation develops, but diagnosing the exact cause can be challenging. Young children and babies who have ear infections tend to be fussy and irritable. They may also cry and tug at or rub their ears. Other signs of earaches in babies include trouble sleeping, waking at night, fever, clumsiness, and difficulty hearing. Very rarely, earaches in children can result in hearing loss.

Symptoms of Ear Pain in Kids

Symptoms associated with ear pain depend on the underlying cause. Symptoms that may occur with otitis externa include ear redness, ear swelling, ear tenderness, and discharge from the ear canal. Additional symptoms that may occur with otitis media include fever, sinus congestion, hearing loss, dizziness, and vertigo — a feeling that the room is spinning.

Symptoms of ear pain include:

  • Babies appearing hot and irritable
  •  Children pulling, tugging, or rubbing an ear
  •  A high temperature
  •  Poor feeding in babies, or loss of appetite in children
  •  Sleep problems and restlessness at night
  •  Coughing and runny nose
  •  Not hearing as well as normal
  •  Balance problems

How to Prevent Ear Pain?

To prevent ear pain, avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, and allergy triggers like dust and pollen, all of which can irritate your sinuses and cause earaches.

People at risk for ear pain should avoid loud music, concerts, and environmental noise, such as banging construction. If you can’t avoid loud noises, it’s worth investing in a good pair of earplugs or noise-canceling headphones.

Keep all foreign objects out of the ear and, if you swim, wear earplugs and a bathing cap. Always take time to carefully dry your ears after swimming, showering, or bathing.