ADVERTISEMENT

Q. My ear has been ringing on and off for three days. What can I do?

Answered by
Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 22, 2021

Hello doctor,

My ear has been ringing on and off for three days. What can I do?

ADVERTISEMENT
#

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about as this is a very common treatable entity we come across. You have developed what we call eustachian tube catarrh, which has probably developed secondary to nasal inflammation. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. In a situation where it does not function, a negative pressure develops in the side of the ear leading to a feeling of vacuum, on and off ringing sounds, feeling of fluid in the ear, and sometimes decreased hearing as well. You might not develop all the possibilities mentioned above, and for now, you might be just having trouble ventilating the tube, causing the ringing sounds. This can be treated by attempting to open the tube with the following advice.

1. Using decongestant nasal drops containing Oxymetazoline or Xylometazoline 3 drops 3 times a day for 1 week (this decongestant is given to access opening of the tube through the nose).

2. Tablet containing a combination of Phenylephrine and Levocetirizine one tablet two times a day after food 12 hrs apart for 1 week.

3. Doing Valsalva exercises.

4. Taking steam 3 to 4 times a day.

5. Refrain yourself from the use of earbuds.

6. Avoid having anything cold or spicy for the next 2 weeks.

7. Please take care to avoid dust exposure. All nasal allergies have to be treated in a proper manner, failing which the catarrh will recur.

8. Saltwater gargles 8to10times for the next 10 days

9. Refrain from smoking and alcohol consumption.

10. Maintain a strict diet, avoid spicy, oily, cold food and beverages.

This typically takes around 1 to 2 weeks for things to settle down. Once the nasal inflammation has settled down, the ringing sensation will also come down. There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about as this is a very common treatable entity that we come across. I hope I have answered your query in detail. If there is anything more you need to know or enquire, do let us know, and we will get back.


Was this answer helpful?

 | 

Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!



Related Questions:
Do I hear little sounds in a quiet room due to my anxiety?

Thank you doctor, Can this be related to anxiety ... Yes, it can be anxiety-related also if an ENT specialist says that everything is fine ...   Read full

Is it advisable to fly with semicircular canal dehiscence and patulous eustachian tube dysfunction?

.. semicircular canal dehiscence is a rare inner ear condition. In this condition there will be giddiness and imbalance when exposed to loud noise and imbalance, echoing of once own voice, etc. This condition usually does not get worsened by change i...   Read full

My left ear is swollen, and I can hardly hear. Why?

.. to inform you that the ear consists of the pinna, external auditory canal, middle ear, and inner ear. It depends on which part of your outer ear is swollen. First, you do not touch the swollen area and prevent the entry of water inside your ear. ...   Read full

Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read


Monkeypox Virus - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Complications, and Prevention
Monkeypox is a zoonotic viral disease. This virus got its name as it was first noticed in laboratory monkeys in the late...  Read more»
Tomato Fever - Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Tomato fever is an unidentified and fast-spreading type of viral infection seen in young children. Scroll down to know m...  Read more»
Histrionic Personality Disorder - Causes, Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Histrionic personality disorder causes variations in the thinking ability of a person. Read this article to know more.  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask an ENT Otolaryngologist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.