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Why is my ear messed up?

Asked by jarickman2 (1points) April 24th, 2009

I woke up this morning with a medium roar/rumble in my ear that sounds kind of like a truck or a waterfall. It started in the back of my head with both ears, then it progressed to my right ear, then to my left ear, then back again to my right ear. It feels like I have some form of pressure in my ears, it makes me feel slightly dizzy, it sounds like I have a bucket over one of my ears, and there is a rumble that comes and goes. I had tubes as a child, but they where removed when I was 5 or so. I had a history of bad ear infections when I was an infant/toddler. I play guitar, sometimes loudly and visit concerts infrequently. What exactly is wrong and what can I do to fix it temporarily and maybe permanently?

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The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

You really should see a doctor.

Judi's avatar

You may have water behind your ear drum. It is alergy season.

jarickman2's avatar

To the Compassionate Heretic: it’s Friday night, and my doctors office isn’t open until next Monday.

To Judi, that’s my guess, but I took an allergy test last year and it said I wasn’t allergic (at least majorly) to pollen-like-substances, but I do get itchy around this time of year and a few years ago, it seemed like I had this same type of problem, but not with the roaring in my ears.

russellsouza's avatar

I’d go to the ER at the nearest hospital. They may not see you for awhile but at least they’ll see you tonight.

jessicar's avatar

Sounds like you have an inner ear infection and your eardrum is getting to the stage where it is going to rupture. You should defiantely go to the doctor and get some antibiotics.

hearkat's avatar

Hi, I’m an Audiologist.

Since you don’t complain of pain or fever, it doesn’t seem likely that you have a middle ear infection (which is the kind that could cause a ruptured eardrum). However, given your history of chronic middle ear infections and tubes in childhood, you may not perceive the pain the way others would… so it’s not totally out of the question.

The fact that the pressure sensation and tinnitus (the name for any sound we hear in our ears of head) shifted is a little puzzling to me. Had you been laying on one side then rolled over to the other for a while?

Do you have any other symptoms, like sinus pressure, nasal congestion, sore throat, fever, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, feeling faint/lightheaded, feeling flush, heart palpitations, rapid pulse, visual changes (double-vision, flashes of light or darkening vision)?

Your symptoms as presented this far do not fall neatly into a specific diagnosis, so that’s why I’m asking for more details.

Even if your primary Dr. isn’t available, there should be a walk-in or immediate-care facility near you that you could go to tomorrow. But if you feel like you could pass out, or if you have any confusion or numbness or irregular heartbeat, call 911, because it may be worse than your ears acting up.

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