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Meniere's Disease
In Meniere's disease, fluid collects in the inner ear.
Tinnitus, commonly called ringing in the ears, is the sensation of hearing a sound in the ears when no such sound exists.
Vertigo is the illusion that either your body or your environment is moving (usually "spinning"). Vertigo can be a symptom of many different illnesses and disorders.
Pain in one or both ears can occur for many reasons, some not related to the ear at all. When the pain is caused by an ear problem, the most common reason is blockage of the passageway between the middle ear and the back of the throat.
Decompression Sickness
Decompression sickness, also called generalized barotrauma or the bends, refers to injuries caused by a rapid decrease in the pressure that surrounds you, of either air or water. It occurs most commonly in scuba or deep-sea divers, although it also can occur during high-altitude or unpressurized air travel.
Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)
Otitis externa is an infection of the ear canal caused by bacteria or fungi. It often is called swimmer's ear because it is associated with frequent swimming.
Barotrauma refers to injuries caused by increased air or water pressure, such as during airplane flights or scuba diving.
Wax Blockage of the Ear Canal
Normal production of earwax is healthy and good for your ears. If too much wax is being produced, it can block the ear.
Foreign Objects in the Ear
A foreign object in the ear can be anything in the ear canal (the tube that leads from the eardrum to the outside) that normally would not be there.
Perforated Eardrum
The eardrum is delicate and can be torn (perforated) easily, most often by an infection of the middle ear (otitis media) but also by other types of trauma.

Ear Infection
Chronic Otitis Media, Cholesteatoma and Mastoiditis
Chronic otitis media describes some long-term problems with the middle ear.
Middle Ear Infection (Otitis Media)
Otitis media is the medical term for inflammation and infection of the middle ear, the air-filled chamber behind the eardrum.


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