Most Common Ear Ailments and Symptoms, Nose or Throat Disorders.

Do you have symptoms of most common ear ailments? Your head is the area of the body that has the most senses.  You see, hear, smell, and taste with your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.  It can be very distressing to find out that you have a disorder with your ears, nose or throat.  Luckily, a lot of illnesses can be improved if they are caught in time.

Be alert to symptoms of ear, nose or throat disorders by knowing the signs.

Most Common Ear Ailments and Symptoms, Nose or Throat Disorders.Below are some of the most common ailments and what to watch for:

  • Dizziness is a terrible feeling, and one that can be caused by a number of disorders.  Fluid in the ear is a common occurrence that can make one feel dizzy and have problems with balance as well as muffled hearing.  This can be caused by a number of things and may clear up on its own or may need draining by a doctor.
  • Meniere’s disease is another common disorder that causes dizziness.  You may also experience pressure in the ear, headaches, and ringing in the ear.  This can be caused by a number of things including tumors, excess fluid, swelling of tissue, and other causes.  Other disorders that cause dizziness include labyrinthitis, acoustic neuroma, perilymph and peripheral vertigo.  Many of the symptoms are very similar, which is why it is often best to head to an ENT doctor that can help you find the cause and the cure.
  • Experiencing breathing issues?  There are a number of disorders related to the nose and throat that may be to blame.  Sleep apnea occurs when you momentarily stop breathing while asleep.  You may notice heavy snoring, extreme tiredness during the day, memory loss, and headaches.  It can be caused by a number of things including enlarged adenoids or tonsils and a nasal obstruction to name a few.  A deviated septum is another issue, which may cause breathing troubles.  You may also notice a lot of congestion, as well as frequent sinus infections or nosebleed.  Congestion or swollen tongues may also cause breathing problems.
  • Throat pain is another thing that is sure to get your attention.  It can be caused by the common cold or allergies, but it could also be something more serious such as strep throat.  Strep throat often comes with severe pain, it can become hard to swallow and you may develop a fever and be achy all over.  It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between a strep throat and a cold, which is why going to an ENT doctor is often the best move.  Usually, if it is just a cold you will have other symptoms as well such as sneezing or a runny nose.

Being alert to symptoms is sometimes easy as your body will often tell you when something is wrong, but sometimes you need to be paying more attention.

For example hearing loss may occur suddenly, which is obviously easy to notice.  It can also happen slowly however which will need to be watched for.  Are you having trouble hearing conversations and do you find yourself saying “what?” a lot?  Do you turn the volume up on the television constantly and still can’t hear it?

Acid reflux is another one that may creep up on you.  At first it might only be a bit of a burn in your chest.  Other symptoms may start popping up soon such as a hoarse throat, constant throat clearing, episodes of choking.

Some things can be handled with at home remedies while others will need to be treated by a specialist.  Being alert to your symptoms and getting the treatment and care you need can help make sure that you stay at your healthiest and best.

Dr. Michael Barakate is a pediatric and adult otolaryngologist in Sydney, Australia.  For more information on ENT surgery and ENT disorders, visit

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