Last Modified on Aug 12, 2014
Ear issues often are regarding pain or loss of hearing; however, since the inner ear is critical to the vestibular system, damage to the ear can also result in health issues such as vertigo and loss of balance.
Inner ear infections are the cause of most ear issues, including hearing loss, pressure, pain, ringing, redness, loss of balance, and even vertigo. Fortunately, in most of these cases the symptoms are temporary and will pass when the infection has abated. Such infections are more prevalent in kids than adults, but anyone swimming in dirty water or otherwise exposed to the appropriate bacteria or viruses can get an ear infection.
Excessive loud noise, general infections, changes in elevation or other changes in pressure, physical trauma, jaw issues, and other conditions can additionally cause issues with ear health.
Natural Cures: A warm compress or music played softly beside the ear can help relieve ear pain, as can analgesics.