How Does Your Ear Feel?
"I have pain in my ear."
An ear ache may affect one or both ears. It may be constant or may come and go, and the pain may be dull, sharp, or burning.
If you have an ear infection, fever and temporary hearing loss may occur. Young children who have ear infections tend to be fussy and irritable. They may also tug at or rub their ears.
"I have difficulty hearing."
The signs of hearing loss can be subtle and emerge slowly, or early signs of hearing loss can be significant and come about suddenly. Either way, there are common indications and signs for possible hearing impairment.
"I have discharge coming from my ears."
A ruptured eardrum can cause a white, slightly bloody, or yellow discharge from the ear. Dry crusted material on a child's pillow may often be a sign of a ruptured eardrum. The eardrum may also bleed.
"I am feeling dizzy or feeling a lack of balance."
If you have a balance disorder, you may stagger when you try to walk, or teeter or fall when you try to stand up. You might experience other symptoms such as light headedness, blurred vision, or confusion.
"I hear ringing in my ear."
You may have the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, or other sounds. The noise can be intermittent or continuous, and can vary in loudness. It is often worse when background noise is low, so you may be most aware of it at night when you're trying to fall asleep in a quiet room.
"I am told I have a hole in my ear."
"My child is having speech problem."
Children with speech problems have difficulty saying words, syllables, and sounds. The brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech. The child knows what he or she wants to say, but his/her brain has difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to say those words.
"My child has put something inside of her or his ear."
"My ear is deformed or missing."
Getting an object stuck in the ear is a relatively common problem, especially in toddlers and children. The vast majority of items are lodged in the ear canal, which is the small channel that ends at the eardrum.
Deformities of the external ear are birth defects with long-term effects for children and their families. The impact of such deformities on the patient can be both physical and emotional. Hearing loss due to associated ear canal can result in learning difficulties. Learn more about ear reconstructive surgery by clicking here.