It is NOT your inner ear, but your MIDDLE EAR. The inner ear is not subject to this type of problem.
I do not use the Neti Pot in my practice, but it should not cause problems with fluid in your MIDDLE EAR, however, if you have inflammation in your Eustachian tubes, fluid can build up in this space (the fluid is not from the Neti Pot, however).
If you can't take decongestants.....or nasal corticosteroids, there is really nothing more medically that can be done. You can talk to your doctor about using an antihistamine, but studies have not proven that they really help. If your ears feel full and stuffy, there is a new device called the "EarPopper" that can help open the e-tubes and correct this pressure issue. You can get info about this device on the Internet, but don't shell out the cash until you consult your ENT.View Thread
I don't know if this procedure will change your life or not. Find an ENT that is willing to use a laser on your tonsils or convince an ENT (and your insurance company) that a complete tonsillectomy is warranted.
If you have no tonsils....you will not have a place for stone formation. This is not a judgmental attitude. This is the really the only answer.View Thread
If you have a laser, an ENT may find a reason to use it, but I agree that tonsilliths do not need this type of intervention. Most of the accumulated debris is FOOD (and other debris), and food can be prevented from forming those stinky stones by gargling after meals, and of course, maintaining a good program of oral hygiene (like mentioned above).View Thread
Because of nerve pathways, the grinding of the teeth (bruxism) can definitely cause pain to be referred to the ears. Have you ever consulted a dentist who deals with TMJ disorders? Anxiety does play a role in this (and every) medical condition, but there is an underlying physical problem that needs to de addressed. Seeing a different ENT would be helpful, too.View Thread
Thank you, Steve. For a person who has tinnitus caused solely by Eustachian tube issues, you advice is very reasonable. I am glad that you were helped, and thank you for sharing your experience.View Thread
You may have had nerve compression. The is an impressive array of sensory nerves in this area, so your little physical therapy manuever may have released some compression. I don't think your cartilage was dislocated, but since you are better...and cured yourself....it really doesn't matter. We have a saying in medicine: Gone is Good.
Thank you for sharing your experience, however, I caution others who are having outer ear pain that this treatment does not work for everyone....or for every outer ear condition that causes the same or similar pain.View Thread