Ringing in your ear or ears is known as tinnitus and although most of the causes of tinnitus remain unknown, in a few cases, the cause of this persistent ringing in ears may be as simple as an ear infection. Once the ear infection is diagnosed and treated, the sounds of tinnitus may go away along with the ear infection.
What is an Ear Infection?
Although mainly common in children, ear infections affect adults too. Children commonly suffer from an ear infection of the middle ear (otitis media) whereas adults usually get an infection of the outer ear commonly referred to as “swimmer’s ear” which usually results from water that contains fungi and bacteria getting into the ear and becoming trapped in the ear allowing the bacteria and fungi to fester and cause an ear infection.
An ear infection needs to be treated promptly especially in children as it may cause developmental problems if the infection is not treated quickly. Ear infection in children usually results from colds, sore throats, other respiratory infections as well as food allergies. Children suffer from ear infections more than adults because of their still undeveloped inner ear structures. Ear infection in children is also caused by bacteria in the throat, mouth and nose that may travel to and infect the middle ear.
Common symptoms of an ear infection include dizziness, nausea, loss of balance, ear drainage, vomiting and fever. Mucus and pus may persist after treatment leading to repeated ear infections otherwise known as chronic ear infection. Unresolved food allergies may also cause chronic ear infections especially in children.
Ear infections should last no more than 3 weeks from start to the completion of treatment but when it is chronic or recurrent, it can lead to hearing loss and other permanent damage to carious structures in the ear.
Tinnitus and Hearing Loss
Subjective tinnitus which produces sounds that only the sufferer can hear may be caused by various factors many of which are unknown but can also result by ear infection.
Hearing loss is a common cause of tinnitus. When the ability to hear sounds in the outside world diminishes, it can make the sounds of tinnitus worse or more noticeable. Ear infection that leads to hearing loss may increase the risk of developing tinnitus or make the ringing in your ear more noticeable.
Treatment of Ear Infection
Treatment of ear infection should be prompt so that the condition does not escalate to hearing loss and tinnitus or other damage to the structures of the ear.
Treatment of ear infection includes treatment of the cold or allergy that is causing the ear infection. If the infection is bacterial in nature, antibiotics may be prescribed. A small surgical incision may be required to be made to the eardrum if the middle ear remains filled with fluid in order to help drain the ear of this fluid.
If there is significant damage to the structures of the ear, extensive surgery may be required. As the ear heals, hearing may improve and the sounds of tinnitus may go away.
Natural Ear Infection Treatment
The above conventional treatment of ear infection methods may work but there are also many natural remedies for ear infection that you can use especially if you are dealing with recurrent ear infections.
A few natural cures for ear infection include;
- Changing your diet if food allergies are to blame by first identifying the culprit and then eliminating it from your diet.
- Garlic is not known as nature’s penicillin for nothing. It can effectively deal with and eliminate the bacteria and fungi that causes ear infection in children (middle ear) and in adults (swimmer’s ear). In addition, unlike antibiotics for which you can develop a resistance to with repeated use, you can use garlic as frequently as you need and not develop a resistance to garlic. For instructions on how to make your own Garlic-Mullein Earache Oil, click here.
- You can also use vinegar to deal with an ear infection caused by fungi. Use one part apple cider vinegar (ACV) or white vinegar to five parts tepid water and flush the ear gently with this solution three times a day.
These are just a few cures for ear infection. If the ringing in your ear is caused by ear infection, do see a doctor promptly and also try natural remedies. For more on how to cure and prevent tinnitus using natural methods, click here.