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Inner Ear Noise

Inner Ear Noise

Inner ear noise or inner ear sound can also be referred to as tinnitus, a symptom of many disorders that involves numerous ear sounds. But inner ear infection can also cause tinnitus, with one of the symptoms a serious disruption in a person’s balance because of vertigo – a feeling of uncontrollable spinning and whirling. When the middle ear infection occurs, a problem called Labyrinthitis develops deep inside the inner ear, causing a temporary hearing loss and the ringing ear noise of tinnitus. Vertigo can begin with severity enough to cause vomiting and nausea. It can last up to a month or longer after the inner ear noise and infection dissipates, with a certain degree of vertigo symptoms appearing every time the head is moved a certain way. But usually, it will disappear on its own.

Inner Ear Infection

Inner ear infection begins behind the eardrum in the middle ear area, usually caused by viral infections or bacterial infections, head injuries, stress, allergy or reaction to a medicine. When the labyrinth – the part of the labyrinth that controls balance – becomes inflamed and swollen the condition becomes known as Labyrinthitis. When the Eustachian tube connecting the ear to the throat begins to swell from a virus, it can become blocked and trap fluid for germs to grow. This is when the ear infection actually begins, with symptoms consisting of: earache, pain in the ear that is mild or extremely painful, fever, trouble sleeping, with a thick yellow fluid draining from the infected ear.  By the time the fluid begins to drain, the infected eardrum in the inner ear has already burst. But eardrums heal quickly and the pain goes away once the fluid is gone.

Signs and symptoms of Noise Induced Hearing Loss:

  • Symptoms of NIHL begin gradually.
  • Sounds become distorted or muffled.
  • Inability to understand someone’s speech
  • A person with NIHL may not know they have it.
  • Hearing test may be required to diagnose it.

Noise-induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

Noise-induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) requires long term exposure to harmful ear noise, which can damage the inner ear. Ears that are damaged by too loud of sounds or a long exposure to loud sounds, cannot grow back the damaged hair cells inside this area.  NIHL can result in tinnitus, nerve damage of the auditory or hearing area occurring in one or both ears – short term or long term continuation.  

The person who is most susceptible to an inner ear noise or noise-induced hearing loss is a person who has been exposed to loud noises, loud noises at work, or loud leisurely activities – snowmobiles, hunting, shooting, rock concerts, lawnmowers, shop tools, or leaf blowers. The good news is that NIHL is always 100% preventable as long as a person understands how dangerous loud noises are and practice safety around it.  Scientists now understand that noise vibrations can occur with enough force to cause hearing loss.   

NIHL Temporary Threshold Shift

Sometimes a person can regain their hearing after becoming temporarily deaf due to work related exposure or injury. If the person does regain their hearing, the temporary hearing loss is referred to as a temporary threshold shift. Usually this will disappear up to 48 hours after exposure to the loud sound. Regularly wearing hearing protectors such as noise earplugs or noise earmuffs can prevent someone from developing hearing loss.

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