Disorders of the Ear

Information on common diseases of the ear

Acoustic Neuroma

Acoustic Neuroma

An acoustic neuroma is a rare, benign growth. It affects the vestibulo-cochlear nerve. The vestibulo-cochlear nerve carries both hearing and balance information from the inner ear to the brain.

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Furuncle

Boil in Ear canal (Furuncle)

A small boil (furuncle) that occurs in the ear canal can be very painful. It usually clears without treatment, but painkillers and antibiotics are sometimes needed.

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Bells Palsy

Bell's Palsy

Bell's palsy is a weakness (paralysis) that affects the muscles of the face. It is due to a problem with the facial nerve. The weakness usually affects one side of the face. 

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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign paroxysmal position vertigo causes short episodes of vertigo (intense dizziness) when you move your head in certain directions. It it thought to be caused by tiny fragments of debris in the inner ear labyrinth.

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Cholesteatoma

Cholesteatoma (Skin Growing in the Middle Ear)

Cholesteatoma is a destructive and expanding sac in the middle ear and/or mastoid process.

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Dizziness

Dizziness

Dizziness can be caused by many reasons, some are minor problems, but some are very serious.

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Ear Infection

Ear Infection (Otitis Media)

An ear infection means that the middle ear is infected. The middle ear is the eardrum and the small space behind the eardrum.

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Glue Ear

Glue Ear

Glue ear is a condition where the middle ear fills with glue-like fluid instead of air. This causes dulled hearing.

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Presbyacusis - Hearing loss in the elderly

Hearing Loss in the Elderly (Presbyacusis)

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Infection of the Ear Canal

Infection of the Ear Canal (Otitis Externa)

Otitis externa is an inflammation of the ear canal. The inflammation may be caused by infection, allergy, or other causes.

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Infection/dysfuntion of the inner ear (labyrinthitis)

Infection/Dysfunction of the Inner Ear (Labyrinthitis)

Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis are most commonly caused by a viral infection that affects the inner ear.

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Menieres Disease

Meniere's Disease

Meniere's disease is a condition of the inner ear

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Otosclerosis

Otosclerosis

Otosclerosis is a condition of the middle ear which mainly affects the tiny stapes bone. It causes gradual hearing loss. 

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Wax

Wax

A build up of ear wax can cause dulled hearing. Wax can usually be easily removed.

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