Earache and Ear Infection Treatments

Earache Treatment, Ear Infection Treatment, Blocked Ear Treatment, Swimmers Ear Treatment and More!

At The Ear Science Institute, We Can Treat a Huge Range of General Hearing and Ear Issues

Earache Treatment

Although earaches are most commonly seen in children, they can also occur in adults. Typically only one ear will be affected and aching although in some cases both will be. There may be a constant pain or it may appear and disappear, and this pain could be sharp, dull, or burning.

Individuals suffering from an ear infection will often experience fever and in some cases even temporary hearing loss. Children with ear infections often act irritable and fussy when they have. Seeking earache treatment is essential for calming children and stopping them from pulling at or rubbing their ears.

There are several injuries, infections or external irritations that can cause earaches. As an example, pain that is emanating from the jaw, teeth, or ears may be felt as a single sensation in the ear. These earaches can be caused by many things, including strep throat, sinus infections, perforated eardrums, arthritis affecting the jaw or even eczema in the ear canal. Seeking earache treatment from the professionals at the Lion Hearing Clinic will be the best option for diagnosing the cause of your earache and subsequently treating it.

There is a range of ways that you will receive earache treatment. There are several at-home earache remedies that are popular but for the best results, you should visit professionals like the Lion Hearing Clinic. You could be prescribed oral antibiotics or eardrops if the ache is caused by infection. Occasionally, both of these will be prescribed. It will be necessary for a build-up of wax to be removed from the ear canal if it is causing the earache. Otherwise, appropriate earache treatment will be provided based on whether or not you have TMJ dysfunction, a sinus infection, or any other ear pain present.

Ear Infection Treatment

Typically an ear infection is referred to by the term acute otitis media. This is a sudden infection in the middle ear (the area behind the eardrum). Ear infections can affect any individual, even children. It is actually one of the most common reasons for young children to visit a healthcare provider.

On the basis of the symptoms you describe and an examination, our team of experts can typically determine whether you have an ear infection during your appointment. An examination of the ears, throat and nasal passage will be carried out using a small instrument with a light (an otoscope) to determine the cause of the ear infection.

Furthermore using a more specialised set of equipment called a pneumatic otoscope, a doctor can more accurately diagnose the cause of an ear infection. A doctor can use this instrument to examine the ear and determine if there is fluid behind the eardrum. With the pneumatic otoscope, the air is gently blown against the eardrum. On a healthy ear, this air would cause the eardrum to vibrate normally. If the eardrum isn’t moving it shows that the middle ear is filled with fluid. Once the ear infection has been accurately diagnosed ear infection treatment will be administered.

Most of the time an ear infection will be acute otitis media with a sudden onset of symptoms. Other types of ear infections include Otitis media with effusion that occurs when there is fluid in the middle ear but no actual symptoms of an ear infection and Chronic suppurative otitis media which is usually accompanied by pus and can end in the tearing of the eardrum if proper ear infection treatment is not undertaken.

Blocked Ear Treatment

At our clinic, a doctor will use an otoscope to inspect the inner ear and magnifies it. This will allow the doctor to determine whether or not you have a blockage and to determine your blocked ear treatment.

By using a smaller, curved instrument that provides suction your doctor can remove excess wax whilst inspecting the ear. As an alternative, your doctor can use a water pick or a rubber-bulb syringe filled with warm water to flush out the wax.

In the case of frequent production of earwax, a wax-removal medication may be recommended by your doctors, such as carbamide peroxide or ear wax removal drops. Using these drops should be limited to the amount recommended by the manufacturer as they can irritate the delicate skin surrounding the eardrum and ear canal but they are useful for blocked ear treatment.

Swimmer's Ear Treatment

People who regularly get water in their ears are more likely to experience otitis externa, which is why it is often referred to as a swimmer’s ear. Common symptoms of a swimmer’s ear are itching, pain, a blocked sensation in the ear, hearing loss, pus or discharge from the ear, fever or pain around the ear or in the neck.