What causes Eardrum Spasm?
Eardrum Flutter: Causes and Symptoms
The most common reason for eardrum flutter is overuse or trauma to the eardrums. Other reasons include ear infection, otitis media (ear infections), ear wax buildup, and other medical conditions such as ototoxic drugs. Some of these conditions are treated with antibiotics.
How to Treat Eardrum Flutter?
There are several ways to treat eardrum flutter. There are various treatments available for each condition. The treatment depends upon the cause of the problem and may involve surgery, medication, physical therapy, or some combination of all three methods. Most cases of eardrum flutter resolve without any intervention after a few months. However, if the symptoms persist for longer than six months, then it’s best to consult your doctor.
Treatment Options For Eardrum Flutter
Medication: Medications can be prescribed to treat eardrum flutter. These medications are usually used to prevent further damage to the eardrums and improve hearing ability. They’re often given orally because they don’t require intravenous administration which could lead to life threatening complications.
Surgery: There are times when surgery is required to improve hearing. Tubes may be placed in the eardrums to help drain the fluid and allow the eardrum to heal itself. The tubes can be removed after the eardrums have healed or left in place if they help with the hearing ability. In some cases, surgery may be required to repair a perforated eardrum.
Home Remedies: It is also possible to treat eardrum flutter at home in some cases by using natural remedies. These may help with the pain and slow the progression of the condition.
Diet: Eating a healthy diet that’s rich in antioxidants and low in fat can help reduce the effects of oxidative stress and change the condition of the eardrum.
Supplements: There are certain supplements that can be taken to help reduce the effects of oxidative stress on the eardrum. These include green tea extract, flaxseed oil, and fish oil.
Oral Care: Taking good care of your teeth and gums can also be an effective way to manage eardrum flutter. By cleaning and flossing daily, you’ll avoid the risk of developing gum disease which can contribute to hearing loss.
Lifestyle: There are some changes that you can make to your lifestyle that may reduce the effects of eardrum flutter. For instance, giving up smoking is a good idea because it reduces oxidative stress on the body. You could also try to give up loud noises if you believe that this is contributing to the condition.
Fluid Intake: You should also increase your fluid intake. Most doctors recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water every day to stay hydrated. You should also try to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated drinks which can contribute to dehydration.
Avoid Medications: There are some over the counter and prescription drugs that can make eardrum flutter worse. If you think that this is the case, then you should consult your doctor before taking any medication.
One of the best ways to prevent eardrum flutter is to avoid loud noises or sounds that are above 85 decibels. This includes places like concerts, nightclubs, and firing ranges. Prolonged exposure to high volume music can also cause hearing loss in the long term. You should wear ear protection if you’re visiting a place where the sound level is above 90 decibels.
Children should always wear ear protection when around loud machinery or while using tools or playing a musical instrument that produce sounds above 80 decibels.
Smoking and other activities that contribute to oxidative stress are also a major cause of eardrum flutter, so quitting these or just reducing them can prevent the condition from developing in the first place.
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