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dizziness and ear vibrations with no pain
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aysealmond posted:
Hello.
I have been hearing vibrations in my right ear for almost one week now 24/7. I do not have any ringing nor do I have pain yet. Also I do not have a fever.
I feel fatigued because of the lightheadedness and dizzeness that I have.
I understand that the vibrations that I have been hearing cause the dizziness.
I had a cold last week. I took afrin nasal spray for the first time in my life.
I took it while my face was facing forward. Afterwards I learned that the face must face downward.
Also I may have blowing my nose too hard.
The noise has is not as loud as it used to be.

I have been reading that the ear heals itself.
Will this problem heal itself?
What could this ear problem be?
This problem has a created a semi handicapped life for me.
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Unfortunately, I have no way to blindly determine the reason for your symptoms over the Internet. I do not know anything about you, your medical history, or have any way of examining you -- all essential components of getting a diagnosis. Without having a diagnosis, it would not be possible to predict outcome.

Since this problem has been going on a week now, perhaps it is time to see a medical provider so you can be properly examined, or you can see an ENT specialist. If your vibrations are determined to be tinnitus (a variation of ringing), then there could be hundreds of diagnostic considerations. While the ear does "heal itself" in many situations, I would have no way of knowing if you will. I am very sorry.
 
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aysealmond replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Thank you for your reply.
I went to visit the doctor as you suggested.
He said that I may have an inner ear infection but since he could not see the inner ear he could not say for sure.
He said that if it is an inner ear virus infection it will take about two weeks to heal.
He reccommended cleaning out the ear with water because I had a lot of ear wax in the ear.
After I had my ear cleaned he said that the middle ear looked good.
Today I believe that I feel 50 percent better.
I believe that the ear cleaning helped to heal my condition.
I believe that if I had both ears cleaned as good as possible that may help even more.
I am wondering if the Afrin nose spray chemicals got stuck in my ears and may be causing this.
Have you ever heard of patients negative symptoms going away after having their ears cleaned?
Have you ever heard of chemicals from nasal spray getting stuck in someones ear and causing this problem?
Thank you.
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to aysealmond's response:
It is not likely that the Afrin made it up your tiny (closed) Eustachian tubes and cause middle ear issues. I am not a big Afrin fan, but anatomically, it really would not be likely.

Inner ear viruses can take much longer than two weeks in some cases, so time will telly.

If earwax is lying against your eardrums, removing it would most definitely improve some (not all) of your symptoms. I am pleased that it helped and that you are improving.


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