Over the past couple of days, once or twice I've had a noise in one of my ears that can best be described as "a motor running". It lasts for about 10 seconds and then stops. Any ideas waht this is? Thanks. Todd
Noise in the ear is referred to as tinnitus. It could be due to various reasons such as Eustachian tube catarrh, wax in the ears, fluid inside the ear drum, inner ear pathology, etc.
Commonest of all the above conditions are Eustachian tube catarrh and wax in the ear.
Eustachian tube is a narrow canal connecting the posterior part of the nose and the middle ear. Whenever an individual has an attack of cold or nasal block the nasal end of this tube tends to get blocked, following which there is negative pressure created in the middle ear leading to ear discomfort as well as noise in the ear.
The second most common cause is the presence of wax in the external ear canal, which gives rise to noise in the ear because of gushing of air through the narrow space between the wax and the external ear canal.
I would suggest you get an examination done by an ENT specialist to find out the cause and management of your tinnitus.
Hope that this information helps and hope that you will get better soon.
Thank you for using MedHelp's "Ask an Expert" Service, where we feature some of world's renowned medical experts in their fields. Millions have benefitted from our service to get personalized advice for them and for their loved ones.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.