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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ringing in The Ears.. Common causes for Seniors

       Tinnitus is the medical term for a ringing or buzzing noise in the ears. Most people refer to tinnitus as “ringing in the ears.” However, you may hear more than just ringing. If you have tinnitus, you may also hear: roaring buzzing whistling hissing...

Here are some common reason for this to be happening to you. If this occurs and will not go away see your doctor.Tinnitus can be a warning sign..


What is labyrinthitis?


Labyrinthitis is an inner ear disorder. It occurs when a vestibular nerve, important to spatial navigation and balance control, becomes inflamed.
Symptoms include dizziness, loss of balance, nausea, vomiting, tinnitus, and vertigo.
With proper treatment, most people find relief from symptoms within 1 to 3 weeks. And they usually achieve full recovery within 1 to 2 months.

Meniere's Disease

What Are the Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease?

Meniere’s disease symptoms tend to come on as “episodes” or “attacks.” Most people with Meniere’s disease don’t experience symptoms between episodes.

Symptoms of Meniere’s disease include:

-vertigo (attacks can last anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours)
-loss of hearing in the affected ear
-tinnitus (a sensation of ringing) in the affected ear
-a feeling of fullness in the affected ear
-loss of balance
-nausea, vomiting, and sweating caused by severe vertigo

Many of these symptoms can be caused by other problems in the ear. Someone with Meniere’s disease will experience at least two to three of the following symptoms at one time:

-hearing loss
-aural fullness (a feeling that the ear is full or plugged)

Eardrum Rupture

What is an eardrum rupture?


An eardrum rupture is a small hole or tear in your eardrum, or tympanic membrane.
Ear infections, pressure changes, and injury are common causes of eardrum ruptures.

A ruptured eardrum often heals without any invasive treatment, and it rarely leads to permanent hearing loss.
An eardrum rupture is a small hole or tear in your eardrum, or tympanic membrane. The tympanic membrane is a thin tissue that divides your middle ear and outer ear canal.

Earwax Overview

Earwax blockage (called cerumen impaction) can occur when your body produces too much earwax or when the existing wax pushes too far into your ear canal. In some cases, you may not be able to hear out of the affected ear, but this typically lasts only until you can have the excess wax removed. In most cases, home treatment works well, but a doctor can also help eliminate and unplug the earwax Blockage

Age-Related Hearing Loss

What Is Age-Related Hearing Loss?

As you age, you’ll experience a number of changes in the way your body functions. Hearing loss might be one of these changes.
Hearing loss due to aging is a common condition that impacts many older adults. Almost 1 in 2 adults over age 65 experience some degree of hearing loss.
Age-related hearing loss is also known as presbycusis. Although age-related hearing loss is not a life-threatening condition, it can have a significant impact on your quality of life if left untreated.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when your blood pressure increases to unhealthy levels. Your blood pressure measurement takes into account how quickly blood is passing through your veins and the amount of resistance the blood meets while it’s pumping.

Treatment for hypertension includes both prescription medication and healthy lifestyle changes. If the condition isn’t treated, it could lead to health issues, including heart attack and stroke.

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorders

What Is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your mandible (lower jaw) to your skull. The joint can be found on both sides of your head in front of your ears. It allows your jaw to open and close, enabling you to speak and eat.

This abbreviation is also used to refer to a group of health problems related to your jaw. These disorders can cause tenderness at the joint, facial pain, and difficulty moving the joint. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, as many as 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ. TMJ is more common among women than men. These disorders are treatable, but there are many different possible causes. This can make diagnosis difficult.

What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?

The symptoms of TMJ disorders depend on the severity and cause of your condition. The most common symptom of TMJ is pain in the jaw and surrounding muscles. Other symptoms typically associated with these disorders include:

-pain that can be felt in the face or neck
-stiffness in the muscles of the jaw
-limited movement of the jaw
-locking of the jaw
-clicking or popping sound from the TMJ site
-shift in the jaw, changing the way that the upper and lower teeth align (called malocclusion)

Bell's Palsy

What Is Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes a temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the face. It can occur when the nerve that controls your facial muscles becomes inflamed, swollen, or compressed.

The condition causes one side of your face to droop or become stiff. You may have difficulty smiling or closing your eye on the affected side. In most cases, Bell’s palsy is temporary and symptoms usually go away after a few weeks.

Although Bell’s palsy can occur at any age, the condition is more common among people between ages 16 and 60. Bell’s palsy is named after the Scottish anatomist Charles Bell, who was the first to describe the condition.

What Are the Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy?


The symptoms of Bell’s palsy can develop one to two weeks after you have a cold, ear infection, or eye infection. They usually appear abruptly, and you may notice them when you wake up in the morning or when you try to eat or drink.

Bell’s palsy is marked by a droopy appearance on one side of the face and the inability to open or close your eye on the affected side. In rare cases, Bell’s palsy may affect both sides of your face.

Other signs and symptoms of Bell’s palsy include:

-difficulty eating and drinking
-an inability to make facial expressions, such as smiling or frowning
-facial weakness
-muscle twitches in the face
-dry eye and mouth
-a headache
-Sensitivity to sound

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