In the span of maybe 4 days I get this spurratic very sharp VERY painful stabbing pain in my left ear. Enough so if I'm laying on that ear, my head will pop up...it's like a shock its so painful. They'll be like 2-4 stabs and it stops. The only thing(s) different I've been doing lately are using kleenex rolled up to use as ear plugs so I don't hear other people when I'm sleeping; I also went to a concert 2 weeks ago, but I used ear plugs (same kind); I use kleenex b/c they don't block out quite as much noise.
I've used kleenex in my ears before, but I suppose never so for so many consecutive days (about 7).
I did go to the doctor and he *thinks* its eustatian tube dysfunction; he saw a little bit of red on my eardrum. He also doesn't see anything wrong in the actual ear canal, just the redness on the drum. And he says my left nostril looks clogged. He gave me some clarinex samples and Flonase generic ($57!!). So far it hasn't helped. I keep having 'episodes'...the pain is almost unbearable. Is there some tests I could have done if this doesn't work?
I went to an ENT and they checked my ear canals (normal; no fluid) and my pressure (normal). So he thinks its TMJ (I was diagnosed w/that many many years ago; never had ear pain from it) inflammation; and he mentioned nerves in there somewhere. But my question is, if that's what it is, why is a medication like Clarinex (or Allegra) helping? Makes no sense. I asked a pharmacist and she says to get another opinion.
The ENT gave me an anti-inflammatory to take for 8 days and then call. But if I'm on the Allegra and this new med, of course it will be fine in 8 days b/c we already know the Allegra helps, duh!! I was in that office for 3 minutes, tops. Then an audiologist checked my pressures in 45 seconds.
I don't know... it could be coincidental that you got better while taking Clarinex (or Allegra). I would try what the ENT suggests and go from there. If you've had TMJ before, even if you have different symptoms with it now, it could still be from TMJ. I do think that TMJ can indeed cause sharp ear pains (I've heard).
If you don't get better in 8 days, be sure to let your ENT know and see what he suggests as a next step. Sorry you are having this pain--nerve pain can be unbelievably sharp!
TM joint is most often confused with ear pain because of its close proximity. It may be TMJ disorder(when pain is involved). Inflammation would make the area sensitive and lying on the joint increase the pain that you experienced when you did so. Nortriptyline in a low dose which is not to sedative can be an alternative if you find no immediate relief. Unresolved TMJ problems can cause a lot more than inflammation and pain. If it doesn't go away don't wait too long to get it looked at again. Take care.
I went to a different ENT that actually gave a **** about me and she said to stay on Allegra (which seems to be helping the pain; thing is, now I'm scared to go off it b/c the pain comes back).
However, I feel like the pressure inside my ears is more. I can hear the same (you know when you're in a plane, and your ear pressures change, plus your hearing goes out until you 'pop' your ears? Its a bit like that, without the hearing change).
I've read they can put tubes in your ear or a hole in the eardrum, but that introduces infection and I REALLY don't want to do either of those. Any of you guys that have had similar symptoms...what has helped you? I guess since they cannot get inside my head into the eustatian part, it would have to be with medication yes?
Ok, tonight the pain came back. I've been taking the meds too. So I don't know what to do now. I'm scared this won't go away. If there's anyone here that's had the same thing, what have you done that's helped.
i have been suffering from severe inner ear pain for almost two years now... it took forever for me to finally see a dr. bc the pain would be off and on. Eventually I went to a dr. and she told me it was a sinus problem or a dysfunctional eustatian tube... she gave me nose spray which kind of helped but not really, just made me feel weird. I just went to a specialist who said there could be something wrong with the lymph nodes or even the bone... I have to go and have a CT scan this monday. Maybe what I have is different than you, but I would definately ask if they think a CT scan or MRI would help in determining the problem.
I haven't had the pain in a while. My doc said it could be the Eustachian tube. And I did have scans on my head and there's something on one of my lymph nodes but they say its nothing to worry about...
I am having the same problem! Sharp pain in my ear, I put some drops in my ear thinking maybe built up wax and it made it worse! Now my head is sore as well! Going to the doctor next week, will keep you posted on my results!
Hey- I am having the SAME inner ear pain and have an appointment with a neurologist. I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. I have had it for 9 year but would go several years with no episodes. Usually it lasts a day and then done - none for six months - this one I am on day three. Feels like someone is stabbing me in the ear with a screw driver. anyway...will let you know what neurologist says. I went to accupuncture today. Said needed to get inflamation (inflammation) down in my body systemically to help (no sugar, dairy, wheat).
God that sounds awful! My neuro never mentioned that as something I have. I looked it up and it says it's facial pain...maybe that extends into the ear? I'm gonna ask my neuro about it...and he'll probably say I'm worrying too much, when in fact I'm just trying to find an answer. So if I'm active in my health, i worry too much? What a crock of ****. No, i'm trying to make up for the **** they miss. It's damn frustrating when no one takes you seriously.
Yes, anyone who has posted here, let me know what happens with you.
OMG I was diagnosed with 5 yrs ago. It has always involved the pain starting on my face and the pain shooting under my eye then out my ear. The last couple of months I have only had the stabbing pain in my ear and I am wondering if it is the trigeminal neuralgia or is it something else. I didn't know if anyone knew if the trigeminal neuralgia could just cause the shooting pain in the ear only without involving the facial pain.
I have inner ear pain left ear only really. (sharp pains) the pain is unbearable but what can i do tho ? it some time isn't to bad but has never truly gone away. I dont watch tv any more no music, anything out of speaker really hurts and pisses me off and i have tinnitus also but that is nothing compared to the pain. its been over two years like this now. There is no doubt in my mind this has been cause by noise exposure. ( i am a X dj) I have seen 3 ears specialist over the 2 years and none can help me let along tell me what i have done to my ears. When the pain first started i just kept listening to music then the ringing came i was very stupid but unaware of the what you can do to your ears. This year i have led a very quiet life style no tv no going out unless i have to. I tryed to rest them nothing helps other than muching pain killers witch is waste of time too. If u have some thing like this please let me know. I hope to wake up from this night mare one day.
I started to get sharp pain in my right ear a couple of years ago. The pain would last for a few seconds; under 10, but really sharp. The last one almost made me cry. I have seen any doctor yet but there are 2 possibilities. One, I crank up the music whenever I'm in the car. For the past 10 years, there were spans of 2-3 years where my drive to work is 45-60 min long. For the last 3 years, the daily drive has been about 15 min long. Two, how I clean my ears. Ever since I was a kid, I had always used cotton swab deep in my ear. I have watery earwax so if I don't do it, it'd feel like water dripping in my ears. But then the question is why just the right ear?
Also, twice in the past few months, my hearing felt like what someone else described above; it felt like the I'm on the airplane and the cabin pressure changed.
i had an accident at work 7 yrs ago & burned a hole thru my eardrum, burned the middle ear & the eustcahion tube... 3000 degree steam water accident, left ear... sharp ear pain ***** i agree, when it comes to nerve pain, & this is for everyone, Gabapentin is the best thing. i still have some spikes of course & nothing takes all the pain away but i can manage my life much better now that i can focus on something other than pain... or muddleing thru pain pills, it's a non-opiate pain reliver. i would be living day to day in almost 24hr sharp ear pain, the kind that makes you want to fashion a 50's car bummper into a hat!! Gabapentin can be taken in low to high doses so talk to your dr & see what she/he says. accupuncture works wonders on nerve pain too, just keep going!! I hope it heals or at least gets less frequent for you...
I don't know if any of you have found relief yet (I REALLY hope so!), but I started having a similar problem last week (stabbing ear pain, plus a sore throat & scalp pain) - the doc said that I have "swimmer's ear". After discussing a few things, she said she believed that my ear-cleaning habit may be to blame (I use cotton swabs to get water out of my ears after showers & tend to do exactly what they tell you NOT to do, sticking the swab inside my ear - water inside my ears drives me NUTS!)
I am currently on an antibiotic (there was some fluid & some redness inside my ear) and using the ear drops prescribed (Ciprodex). I have noted some improvement: my throat is no longer sore & I am having fewer of the stabbing pains in my ear. I still have the scalp pain, but since I have fibromyalgia, it may be that the fibro is responsible for that part.
I'm crossing my fingers & saying a prayer that we all find relief... and SOON!!!
did your ear pain go away?
i've read every single post above, and they all sound like mine.
Only mine started yesterday morning. I have never experienced ear pain (I guess when i was a baby i had ear infections all the time), but now at 27 this is my first. It is kind of freaking me out since i have no other symptoms of an ear infection (sore throat, fever, hot ear)....it is simply just throbbing pain in my left ear. I really want to go to the doctor, but tomorrow is Saturday!
so I went to the doctor today as well for my ear problem and no answers. she could only blame it on my teeth(its not for sure). its a sudden sharp pain in my left ear, deep inside and then suddenly its gone. My ear feels a cool sensation but also with increased pressure as well at all times. The pain isn't periodic in the sense that its predictable, but it does happen at least 3-5 x's per hour. i wonder if its related to this?
This is as your doctor correctly said, Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.
I had same the issue due to my Sinus problem. Every time I caught a cold, the Inner Ears became heavy and clogged. No pain though. Pain could mean that fluid build up inside (which isn't flowing out fast enough) has some infection in it.
I have from personal experience known that Anti-Histamines like ALASPAN etc. do not help. Then i researched Homeopathic medicines for this.
Came across a website abchomeopathy.com
Where the following medicines were prescribed:-
1. MERC DULCIS 30, Drops, 3/4 times a day
Take 3-4 drops in half a cup of water on empty stomach. Avoid food 30 minutes before it. And 45 minutes post medicine. The Drops remove all Inner ear Infection, making the membranes come to their normal size, thus enabling mucous/Fluid to flow from Eustachian tube.
2. KALI MUR 6X, pallets, 3 pallets thrice a day
Same precautions as above. These pallets will help thin the mucous/Fluid to allow easy flow out.
Avoid Dairy products, sweet stuff and Garlic (If you take that is), Drink enough water to keep body fluids thin in viscosity. Also Vitamin B12 is also known to reduce Inner ear fluids So you could take BECOSULE after dinner 1 capsule only.
I had recommended same Homeopathic remedies to one Mr. Jim on this website itself. He was suffering from ETD since 2007. When I suggested these in April 2012, He was completely cured almost immediately. Someone who posted daily updates since 2007, was off the website for good 3 months! Eventually he came, and confirmed that all was cured...
Homeopathy works brilliantly in Respiratory issues. Take it.
Please do give a feedback.
For SG2121, and all the rest of you folks, I believe I have figured out what has been going on, to at least some of you anyway. I googled all my symptoms today then clicked on this site and began reading everything people were saying about their eerily similar symptoms.
I was experiencing the same, excruciating "screw driver in the left ear" pain that most of you were describing, as well as a weird tingling and rustling noise from what I thought was liquid (or something) moving in my ear canal. Then I would get those sharp, jump out of your seat stabbing pains over and over. It was so bad that I started jumping up and down on my left foot, with my head tilted down to the left (like when you get out of the shower and are trying to get water out of your ear) and at the same time was pressing on my ear with my fingers and wiggling them all around until the pain would stop. I became rather depressed though to find that practically no one had gotten any answers whatsoever from all their "so-called" expert doctors.
I even said to my wife that "if I didn't know better, I would swear there was some kind of bug in my ear", trying to bore his way through my eardrum. Because not one person even mentioned such a thing, I thought to myself, NO, it couldn't be that. Just the thought of it creeped me out.
But guess what?? It WAS A BUG!! And how I found out, was when I decided to take a Q-tip and rub some tea tree oil around the outside opening of my ear canal. Immediately after I did that, the rustling noise got louder inside my ear, then this long, thin white bug dropped out onto my shirt, and on to my shoulder. It happened so fast that it freaked me out and I just grabbed the tissue that was laying right there and squished him in it. I really wish now that I hadn't done that, so that I could have been sure of what it was exactly, but I did put it in a baggie so that when I go to the ear doctor next week maybe they will still be able to tell me what it was.
I sure hope this will help someone else out there deal with an extremely traumatic & bizarre situation. I will be 60 years old next week and in all of my years I have never had such a thing happen before. Makes me want to start sleeping with ear plugs every night now.
Well, yesterday I saw a silverfish crawling on the floor and grabbed it on a tissue, gently squishing it this time, then I looked at it under a microscope compairing it to the one that came out of my ear, which was a little more squished but there was no mistaking it was the exact same bug.
I have had to deal with these bugs here in Southern Califonia for years so I do do not believe it is a common experience.
Short of hiring an exterminator I read that using boric acid and even some cinnamon around the baseboards, especially in the bathroom, kitchen and in the dark places behind and under appliances, and of course the bedroom where the little scoundrel got in my ear in the first place while I was sleeping.
So like I said in my last post, though I didn't even know what was going on for sure yet in my ear, I go it out by putting a tiny bit of tea-tree oil around the outside of my ear opening with a Q-tip, and out it came.
For anyone who believes this same thing is happening to them, give this a try. Or go here to find some other things that will help get it out.
I just read your post from June18, 2013, you didn't indicated if you ever went to see an ear Dr, as I imagine your bug would be seen thru an otoscope. let me know, as I am reviewing these sites due to the fact that my son is experiencing sharp or zapping like pain in his left ear.( He has a sensourineural hearing loss diagnosed in 1990 at age 3 and wears hearing aids.) and although we have been to the ENT several times, he sees nothing wrong.
I've had the same problem for quite a few years now. Comes and goes with no warning. I've been to several doctors and specialists and they all have "ideas", but no one has ever been able to give me a definitive answer. I'm on day 4 of this episode and the pain is intense, but I'm really tire of throwing money at them to "try this", "try that". One doctor said it was wax on the ear drum, the next basically said that was nuts and said it was allergies. Nothing they've ever done has done any good. I just wait (and hope) for it to go away. :(
i have been suffering this pain under my left ear and inner ear for last 3 yrs after i lost my mom. then i abt a yr bck it had completely stopped. now a week bck its started again and however strong painkiller i have they just dont seem to work. and last 4 days i have veen on net just surfing to find a way to stop this pain. or the cause. i stumbbled upon a disease which actually is a suppressed emotion or feelings we dont want to encounter or look at or face it.
i tried going through my emotion and making myself face it and my severe screw driver drilling pain slowly slowly eased out on its on. plz check this link, it might help u, those who are ready to face their emotions. and for others who are not ready yet to know u have to face it some day.
I was misdiagnosed by 3 doctors 1.5 years ago with a major ear infection. I finally went to an ENT and they said I never had an infection, but that TMJ was causing my ear pain. A few steroid shots later and a new night guard, I was doing fine...until nearly 4 months ago. I went to an Oral Surgeion and had SURGERY for a misplaced disc in my jaw, due to TMJ in hopes of helping the stabbing ear pain I have had for nearly 4 months now. I had surgery 8/19/14. THE EAR PAIN IS WORSE! I now have an appointment with a ENT that specializes in the nerves of the ear, but can't get in until 9/26/14. I don't know how I am going to function that long. I'm relieved to see other people have had the same debilitating symptoms and would love to hear any advice, your outcomes, etc. Thank you in advanced, I am loosing my mind!
I feel your pain. A few years back i developed this intense pain in my right ear it would only last a few seconds and then start again. Went through all the test and treatments. found nothing wrong. because could not find a reason why my ear hurts said it was probley referred pain. Last night after several yrs. the pain came back. Now I am praying it will leave soon. Very painful. Sorry you are having this problem to. But i can see we r not alone. Just wish there was something that would help other than pain pills.I have tried the Allegra and a round of steroids didn't seem to help.By the way i do have TMJ and was told that has nothing to do with it.go figure, hope you feel better soon. as well as myself.
I can't believe I found this site. These are the same symptoms I am having and for one month now I feel like I am losing my mind. I've been admitted to the hospital for a cardiac workup after the pain in my jaw and ear was so bad I could not open my mouth all the way and the Emergency room staff thought it was jaw pain associated with a heart attack, I've seen an ENT, Internal Medicine specialist, my regular Family MD, follow-ed up with my Cardiologist, and my ENT last week finally said he thought it was Trigeminal Neuralgia and started me on Tegretol. He said we would know for sure if the Tegretol worked. Well...the side effects of trying to increase the dose of Tegretol are just as horrible as the pain I'm suffering intermittently in my Left ear and around my ear. I told my Primary last Wednesday, I'm done guessing what is wrong and can't stand the pain any longer and wanted an MRI. She ordered it with contrast and a MRI of the brain and Auditory system. I'm having it in three days. I feel like no one is taking my situation seriously and because they can't figure it out, are associating it with "stress". This is not stress...this is real ice-pick in the ear stabbing pain and pain when I open my mouth. I also went to my dentist and she also referred me to an oral surgeon and they both do not believe this is just TMJ that has come on suddenly with no previous history of any problems. I am very claustrophobic...but I'll gladly endure that for an MRI to rule out a tumor or cyst somewhere causing pain on the nerve areas to get a definitive diagnosis. Will keep you updated on how the MRI goes and what it shows.
I'm on the same boat.... a few weeks ago my ear would pound at night. Like I could feel my heartbeat right inside my right ear... So i thought it was weird but that was all. a few days after that, one night, i got a sharp stabbing pain in the right ear that laster for a second or two. it happened the following night as well. i made an appt with primary doctor and went in the next day. she said it was red and did look like an infection. she put me on antibiotics and this is my eight day taking them. but even tonight, i got that sharp stabbing pain too. it doesn't last long but it is a sharp pain. but it mostly happens at night. then it sometimes radiates in a dull way, to my my throat and to my face... but why are the anibiotics not doing away with the pain? if it is an infection? Also, i too, have a my jaw a bit dislocated but it is on the left side... every now and then my jaw locks. but not often... it does pop a bit sometimes but i have not ever had a real problem with it. and i had not ever had pain in my ear... but all this pain, itching, etc... has really started about two years ago... for many nights my ears would itch like crazy, it really felt like something was in there! a bug or something! the itching would wake me up in the middle of the night. sometimes it was in my left ear and sometimes the right one.... i would also feel like dull pressure-like sensations in my head ( i still feel these) but it was not this stabbing pain in ear. the stabbing pain just started about two weeks ago. I also had been to see a neurologist around the time my itching started. They suggested I might have some pinched nerve... I even went again to another neurologist and he said nothing seemed to be wrong. So, since i'm almost up with my antibiotics and i still feel this fast stabbin pain in the right ear (my jaw locks on the left, so is it usually same side? ) I will be making an appointment for this Monday to see if it is something else... I'm a little concerned not knowing what it could be. I've even thought it could be bugs...worms... I hope it is nothing serious, I've been told it isn't, but i sure do pray & hope these pains and itching do stop.
I have pain in my right ear and it usually starts in the morning and intermittently comes and goes. It started after a cold two months ago with pressure like when flying on an airplane. It was in both ears. I was diagnosed with chronic swimmer's ear in my right ear because it was always moist, but I do not swim and after I showered my ears were not wet inside the canal. It gets very wet that it starts to get itchy and I have to wiggle my finger in my ear to get relief. The liquid smells most of the time which I assume is wax that has not solidify, but at times it there is no smell but it the q-tip comes out soaking clear yellowish. I have an appointment with my ENT in a couple weeks to figure out what needs to be done to help with the pain. The last time they gave me ear drops that were purple I do not recall the name and it did help with the pain, but this time it is worst and happening much more often. The last time I saw my ENT doctor he consulted with another ENT doctor and they said sometimes the eardrum does not heal and they have to poke a hole and create a new one. I am down to my last eardrum layer and it was described as red with a rash-like surface. One that one would get if they scraped their arm and it was trying to heal but does not heal. I had severe ear infections when I was a baby and had tubes in my ear when I was 1 years old. They normally do not operate that young, but it was so bad they did. I am wondering if poking a hole in my eardrum is the only option I have. I can hear fine, I had many audio test done throughout my teenage years, and have been given all clear. But the pain is different from before and radiates throughout my inner ear and causing me to lose focus on work because it is getting more sore and more frequent. I have read all the post and most sound similar to mine. I do wake up with sore inner ear, so it doesn't sound like sensitive cartilage but I won't know for sure until I see my ENT doctor.
Hi, Are you constantly exposed to something you are allergic to? air fresheners cleaners ,dust, or mold or have allergy to foods? Could be constant sinus infection going to your ears, too. Did you ever try Atarax (hydroxyzine HCL) every 12 hours. i take that and singulair (generic) at night. might need to get used to the seating effects at first but after a couple weeks no sinus/ ear infects is worth it for me.
I have tmj for which I was prescribed a bite guard to wear at night. Unfortunately, I often find the guard on the floor in the morning! I get sharp, piercing ear pain on occassion and what's helping is relaxation. I practice holding my jaw in a different position or letting it go slack and this relieves the pain. I take Allegra as well because of allergies which cause ear pain when untreated so maybe you have a combination of TMJ and allergies causing your pain and that's why you get some relief from Allegra. I agree with following up with this even though it can be discouraging and frustrating dealing with doctors who don't have answers for you. Don't give up! As a last resort you might try a physical therapist or masseuse who might have a different perspective than a doc (for sure
I've been suffering from the same type pain you are speaking of. It's combined with intermittent sharp painful spasm in my head....usually within 2-3 inches of my ear. It's exactly as u say...like extremely sharp stabbing pain. Looking for answers and praying for peace
I have had ear pain off and on for several years. had all the test and scans done. Said nothing wrong. Was put on z pack and muscle relaxers and seemed to help. it has been about 3 years since the last one and now is back. I take Tylonal every 4 hrs. it really helps with the pain until it goes away again. Dr. said don't really know what to do other than that. i understand the stabbing pain you have and wish there was something that would cure this. It really is painful and a real drain on everyday life. Take care, wishing you well.
Everyone!!!! Please go to the dentist and get checked for TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). I had 2 surgeries to fix my ear problems, which didn't help, then I found out it wasn't my ears that were the problem. Good luck!
I am 60 years old and have been exploring very disturbing symptoms of disturbingly loud Tinnitus in one ear with occasional acute sound sensitivity and sharp pain that keep me in an agitated state. While most of us share some symptoms, medical opinions seem inconsistent at best. The fact is, the medical profession has no reliable answer at this point, and information sharing and research by those affected are likely our best chance of advancing medical understanding, and hopefully successfully treating the various symptoms for each of us.
Let me start my experience 5-6 years ago when the stabbing ear pain in my left ear, that seemed to coincide with a terrible increase in Tinnitus in that ear, so bad, I did not even notice ringing in my other ear. The constant ringing in my left ear was becoming so painful and distracting it started affecting every area in my life, I had a hard time concentrating, I was very anxious and startled easily due to the sharp pain. This caused me to seek diagnostic examination from an ENT.
Initial examination did not reveal any obvious infection or other acute problem. I was given a hearing test which resulted in a unilateral hearing loss in a mid to upper range that is is often seen in patients with brain tumors. The hearing loss was described as "classic" and an MRI of my brain was conducted. The MRI was negative, the ENT seemed to lose his "enthusiasm" and the whole diagnostic fanfare came to an end with the suggestion I obtain hearing aids that could mask the tinnitus. No explanation of the occasional acute pain and sound sensitivity in my left ear, which continues today.
I discovered by chance, during a bad cold, that antihistamines actually helped the pain and ringing in my left ear. This lead to me taking allegra which drastically reduces the pain occurrence, and has reduced the ringing in my left ear to the point it is equal to ringing in my right ear. I have moderate tinnitus in both ears, but now much of the day I simply forget about it, I don't notice it. It is not an increasingly disturbing exacerbation of anxiety and irritability.
I continue to research and try to find a definite cause and treatment for the problem because it does flare up. I believe I have Meniere's disease, which has been mentioned, but I have not seen any discussion of the Vestibular nerve damage, the main source for Meniere's disease. For background, about 2 years ago I had several episodes of sudden dizziness with no apparent cause. Outdoors in 90 degree weather working in the yard, indoors laying down watching TV, environment did not seem to have anything to do with the cause. The dizziness came on quickly, and was very much like having too much to alcohol, my "world" started spinning and I vomited, the dry heaved. this all occurred in about 20 minutes. I felt bad for the next 24 hours or so but then was fine. I do not drink alcohol anymore, and have not with any regularity for a couple of decades. I did however overdue it many times in my youth, thus my knowledge of what over-intoxication feels like. I saw a Dr. for Meniere's who wanted to try to recreate the vertigo to the point of throwing up. When I found out that a positive diagnosis would result in the use of antihistamines, I thought I would forgo the intentional vertigo. Shortly thereafter I discovered the benefit from Allegra.
A LIKELY CULPRIT
Vestibulo-cochlear nerve damage or inflammation, especially when only one side is affected, or one side is worse than the other.
The inner ear consists of a system of fluid-filled tubes and sacs called the labyrinth. The labyrinth serves two functions: hearing and balance.
The hearing function involves the cochlea, a snail-shaped tube filled with fluid and sensitive nerve endings that transmit sound signals to the brain.
Signals travel from the labyrinth to the brain via the vestibulo-cochlear nerve (the eighth cranial nerve), which has two branches. One branch (the cochlear nerve) transmits messages from the hearing organ, while the other (the vestibular nerve) transmits messages from the balance organs.
The brain integrates balance signals sent through the vestibular nerve from the right ear and the left ear. When one side is infected, it sends faulty signals. The brain thus receives mismatched information, resulting in dizziness or vertigo.
NOW, imagine what a Viral Infection of the Nerve that transmits "hearing signals" to the brain may feel like. And consider what the brain does when the signal from one ear is defective, and inconsistent with the other ear. Clearly, when properly working, the brain tells is what direction a sounds is coming from, how close it is, if it is dangerous, etc.
Now consider the following excerpt from vestibular.org regarding viral infection, such as the herpes virus present in most humans, and incorporate the possibility that the myriad of symptoms experienced in this forum are at least possibly related in part to current undetectable infection, or damage from prior infection to the major nerves such as the vestibular and trigeminal nerves.
EXCERPT FROM VISTIBULAR.ORG
Viral infections of the inner ear are more common than bacterial infections, but less is known about them. An inner ear viral infection may be the result of a systemic viral illness (one affecting the rest of the body, such as infectious mononucleosis or measles); or, the infection may be confined to the labyrinth or the vestibulo-cochlear nerve. Usually, only one ear is affected.
Some of the viruses that have been associated with vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis include herpes viruses (such as the ones that cause cold sores or chicken pox and shingles), influenza, measles, rubella, mumps, polio, hepatitis, and Epstein-Barr. Other viruses may be involved that are as yet unidentified because of difficulties in sampling the labyrinth without destroying it. Because the inner ear infection is usually caused by a virus, it can run its course and then go dormant in the nerve only to flare up again at any time. There is currently no way to predict whether or not it will come back.
I hope this helps some of you to better understand, research, and hopefully find some relief of symptoms. I continue to explore with hope in this age of information availability and sharing to find solutions that textbooks, and doctors, simply do not address.
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