Inner Ear Problem

Ear infections are of three types: outer (otitis externa), middle (otitis media), and inner ear infection. Inner ear infections are most commonly caused by viruses and less commonly by bacteria. The inner ear consists of the cochlea, vestibular nerve, semicircular canals, and auditory nerve. And hence severe or untreated infection can sometimes lead to partial or total hearing loss permanently. But immediate treatment will cure the infection without any damage to the hearing. Symptoms include vertigo, imbalance, a fullness of the ears, nausea, tinnitus, earache, hearing problem, etc.

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I have a swaying sensation as if the entire earth is a boat. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, Have you seen any long term damage caused by cephalo-antibiotics? I have a debilitating balance issue and dizziness that feels like the entire earth is a boat. It had been like this for two and a half weeks after two of the 1 g Ceftriaxone injections. Please assume that I do not have a...  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is unlikely to have vestibular damage due to Ceftriaxone and that too when you have taken only two doses. I have not seen until now in my practice Ceftriaxone causing vestibular damage. Can you please tell me for what medical illness Ceftriaxone was presc...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for progressive deafness?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 73 year old male. I have recently become progressively deaf in one ear. It took about six weeks during which it progressed through various stages of tinnitus, a hissing sound, heavily pulsed, becoming almost constant and some degree of loss of balance. The present situation is th...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepthi. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A unilateral sudden-onset hearing loss will be the result of exposure to cold weather, viral infection, allergy or autoimmune causes. You mentioned that an audiology test is done. Can I see the report? Your symptoms were progressive deafness with various types of tinn...  Read Full »

What could cause the eyes to go around as if spun on a chair?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is four years old. He was diagnosed with vertigo. It started when he was playing on his gadget. When he plays an action game, we have found that he becomes extremely scared and points to his head. When it first started, I saw his eyes going around and around as if someone spun ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your son's symptoms could be related to epilepsy seizures. If this diagnosis is confirmed, this situation may last for some years, depending on the possible causes. For this reason, I recommend performing an EEG (electroencephalogram). Starting an antiepileptic d...  Read Full »

Why i am hearing some swishing noise in my ear?

Query: Hi doctor, I have this insane swishing noise every time I move my head or eyes. I feel like I am going to pass out. Even opening some doors do it if they create pressure from pulling.  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since the movement worsens the symptoms, it must be an inner ear problem. There could be an additionally middle ear block or eustachian tube block as the pressure change worsens it. However, since you have not mentioned the duration, I am mentioning all possibl...  Read Full »

Even after undergoing eardrum repair surgery, my left ear got infected again. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had myringoplasty done four years ago on my left ear. The surgeon, at the time, has advised me, the procedure will be done through the ear canal to repair the perforated eardrum. Three weeks after the surgery, I returned to my ENT specialist to get it checked, and upon inspection, he...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As your ear was healing well after the surgery, this indicates that there was no fault in the procedure. But unfortunately, you have again developed the foul-smelling discharge. The possibilities are: Otitis externa. Recurrence of otitis m...  Read Full »

What are the ear conditions that might require complete or partial removal of the inner and middle ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I just have a general theoretical question. This is not related to my medical history, I was just wondering in general. How much of the ear is it possible to completely remove? Both inner and outer ear. What kind of conditions requires this kind of an operation? What after effects can...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In a surgery called radical mastoidectomy, we remove both inner and middle ear and occlude the canal. We do it in cases of malignancies of the ear, where you cannot remove the disease as well as preserve hearing. In earlier days, radical mastoidectomy was done ...  Read Full »

Can stress cause giddiness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29 year old male, and I have been having slight giddiness kind of feeling. I am not able to tell if it is giddiness since I did not fall or have any balance issues. This has been there for a week. I had the same symptoms two weeks back. It feels like some kind of pulling sensa...  Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be benign positional vertigo, which is more common. I guess you might experience giddiness when you suddenly turn your head. It is mostly because of imbalance in the middle ear fluid, usually following ear infection, which is responsible for maintaining our pos...  Read Full »

What causes dizziness when you stand up from sitting?

Query: Hello doctor, This question is regarding my mother, who is 57 years old. She is getting episodes of dizziness from the last one and a half or two years. Most of the time, they are mild, and they occur for few seconds when she gets up or sits down. Sometimes, they stay long and are associated with n...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, it is not something to worry about. Her symptoms and response to Vertin (Betahistine), although incomplete, suggests that these are originating from the internal ear, which is the most common cause of dizziness in old age. This occurs due to age-related changes lea...  Read Full »

How is an infection in the inner ear wall treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from a chronic ear infection. When it started, I started taking ear drops and it worked for me. But my issue is due to my infection present in my inner ears. It keeps on coming back when I stop taking drops. I want to cure my inner ear infection. Does using Dexatob ear drops h...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is a possibility in you to have a chronic infection in the middle ear. It is located beyond the eardrum. In this situation, plain ear drops will not help to treat the infection. You require oral antibiotics to treat your infection completely. I suggest you tak...  Read Full »

Can peripheral vertigo be a sign of something more serious?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 26-year-old male. I am a working professional, and I am 80 Kg by weight and 177 cm by height. I do not smoke or drink. I have been experiencing dizziness and feel like foggy brain and senses for the past week. I feel very hard to focus, even though I put l full effort. This had happ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I passed carefully through your question and would explain that your symptoms could be related to an inner ear disorder (peripheral vertigo) or low blood pressure. Have you checked your blood pressure values during these episodes? If your blood pressure values are no...  Read Full »

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