How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Ravoof Your Own Question

Dr. Ravoof
Dr. Ravoof, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 2631
Experience:  Experienced Physician in the field of Medicine and Surgery.
17799485
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr. Ravoof is online now

ENT question I've had an ear infection for over two weeks

Resolved Question:

ENT question
I've had an ear infection for over two weeks now (16 days but only on antibiotics for 9 dqys). On my second course of pencillin. The good news is the pain (which was severe for the first 6 days) and discharge (that lasted 8/9 days) have stopped. The very bad news is I have very loud tinnitus. I'm assuming this is because my Eustachian tubes are blocked (when I try and clear by holding by nose and blowing I feel some pressure on my ear drums but I can't equalise). My hearing is diminished but not as bad as it was. Initially the dr said it was swimmers ear but I think it must be inner ear if my tinnitus is so bad?
I'm REALLY WORRIED the tinnitus won't go away. I read on WebMD that in some cases the tinnitus remains even after the infection clears up. I don't think my infection has cleared (the doctor as of three days ago said it hadn't and gave me more antibiotics).
If I had faith the tinnitus would go is feel better I guess but I wake up with a headache every day and loud ringing it's so dehabilitating and depressing. I'm due to go on holiday on October 8 but i guess unless I can equalise by then I can't.
Please help
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 4 months ago.

Dear customer,

Thanks for your question.

In your case since this is due to infection, the tinnitus tends to clear when the infection clears. Please refer the below link

http://patient.info/in/health/tinnitus-leaflet

I hope you are practicing mindfulness exercises and within a few days after complete clearing of infection and mindfulness daily exercises you will be without any tinnitus.

Take care.

Please rate the answer with a positive rating by clicking 5 stars above.

Thanks.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
You say tends to clear. Is there a risk the tinnitus wo t go?What's causing it? How long will the infection take to clear it's been two weeks now?
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 4 months ago.

Dear customer,

Some patients may experience tinnitus when there is an infection of the ear. Please do not worry since in majority of patients this will go away when the infection is cleared. And even in the few patients who may continue to experience tinnitus there is effective treatment today for the treatment of this symptom and no one needs to continue to live with tinnitus nowadays.

Take care.

Please rate the answer with a positive rating by clicking 5 stars above.

Thanks.

Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 4 months ago.

With the correct antibiotic it will clear in a week.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I don't think a link to patient info is a very detailed answer. I've read that before.
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 4 months ago.

That link was just to make you aware that different websites say different things since you had quoted webmd in your question. It was not for information.

Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 4 months ago.

Please take the information available online lightly since most of the times it is not accurate.

Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 4 months ago.

I have treated many patients with such ear infections and having tinnitus and not even one has tinnitus after the infection has cleared.

Dr. Ravoof, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 2631
Experience: Experienced Physician in the field of Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Ravoof and other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
< Previous | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Family Physician

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
< Previous | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DO/DoctorRich/2012-9-12_72454_Doctorweb.64x64.jpg Dr. Natasha's Avatar

    Dr. Natasha

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    7887
    American Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Ivy League trained
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrK99/newpic2.64x64.jpg Dr. K.'s Avatar

    Dr. K.

    Board Certified MD

    Satisfied Customers:

    255
    Board certified with experience in primary care.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/JACUSTOMERjtu60wne/2011-2-14_183449_passportphoto2.64x64.jpg docwithheart's Avatar

    docwithheart

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    0
    Board certified pediatrician, with special experience in general pediatrics, hospital pediatrics, and pediatric cardiology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TA/tazechip/2012-6-7_135230_drpic.64x64.png Dr. Chip's Avatar

    Dr. Chip

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    12373
    20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.