Hearing Loss or Dizziness With an Ear Canal Problem
Hearing loss and
dizziness are not commonly caused by ear canal
problems. Significant hearing loss or vertigo may mean a more serious
condition that requires medical evaluation.
Minimal hearing loss may occur if the ear canal
becomes blocked with earwax, swelling of the canal, or thick
People often feel lightheaded or as if they might pass
out when they are ill. This is different, however, from
vertigo, which is a feeling that you or your
surroundings are moving when there is no actual movement. The motion is
commonly described as a spinning or whirling sensation, but it can also include
sensations of falling or tilting. Vertigo can cause nausea, vomiting, the
inability to walk or stand, or falls with the possibility of injury.
Both vertigo and lightheadedness can be caused by ear canal problems,
especially if these sensations occur with a viral infection or allergy
symptoms. Vertigo is common with inner ear disorders, such as
Ménière's disease, an injury to the ear or head, or a
noncancerous growth in the space behind the eardrum (cholesteatoma).
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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