Inner Ear Infections

What Causes Inner Ear Infection?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of inner ear infection we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow inner ear infection to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind inner ear infection consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to inner ear infection.  For example, food allergies.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
rotten egg burps
gallbladder attacks
chronic nausea
allergies as a child
mild epigastric discomfort
bloating caused by specific foods
indoor allergies
frequent colds/flus
difficulty falling asleep
discomfort caused by mold/mustiness
occasional unexplained nausea
occasional sore throats
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of inner ear infection.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate ear/hearing problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you suffered from inner ear infections (otitis media) behind the eardrum? Note: These are not the same as outer ear infections (otitis externa), which occur in the ear canal.
Possible responses:
→ Never had one / don't know
→ Probably had one/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major/many episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor inner ear infection
→ Current major inner ear infection
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate history of inner ear infection, current inner ear infection or severe current inner ear infection, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Allergy to Foods (Hidden).
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