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External ear infections

External ear infections

  • External ear infections, known as otitis externa occur due to moisture or bacterial/fungal growth in the ear canal, leading to inflammation, pain, and discomfort.
  • Causes often involve water exposure, improper ear hygiene, or skin conditions, resulting in symptoms like itching, redness, ear discharge, and potential hearing loss.
  • Treatment typically involves antibiotic or antifungal ear drops, pain relief medications, and keeping the ear dry to alleviate symptoms and promote healing.
  • Preventive measures include drying the ears after swimming, avoiding inserting objects into the ear canal, and maintaining good ear hygiene to reduce the risk of external ear infections.
  • Seeking medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment is crucial to prevent complications and ensure effective resolution of external ear infections.

CAUSES OF HEARING LOSS

  • By Birth
  • Excessive noise at work
  • Volume controls on home electronics
  • Loud tools and machinery
  • Sharp foreign bodies into ear

Treatments

If you have hearing problems, help is available. Treatment depends on the cause and severity of your hearing loss.

Options include:

  • Removing wax blockage: Earwax blockage is a reversible cause of hearing loss. Your doctor may remove earwax using suction or a small tool with a loop on the end.
  • Surgical procedures: Some types of hearing loss can be treated with surgery, including abnormalities of the eardrum or bones of hearing (ossicles). If you’ve had repeated infections with persistent fluid, your doctor may insert small tubes that help your ears drain.
  • Hearing aids: If your hearing loss is due to damage to your inner ear, a hearing aid can be helpful. An audiologist can discuss with you the potential benefits of a hearing aid and fit you with a device. Open fit aids are currently the most popular, due to fit and features offered.
  • Cochlear implants: If you have more severe hearing loss and gain limited benefit from conventional hearing aids, then a cochlear implant may be an option. Unlike a hearing aid that amplifies sound and directs it into your ear canal, a cochlear implant bypasses damaged or nonworking parts of your inner ear and directly stimulates the hearing nerve. An audiologist, along with a medical doctor who specializes in disorders of the ears, nose and throat (ENT), can discuss the risks and benefits.