The ear is divided into three parts: 1. The outer ear, meaning the part of the ear you can see on the side of the head plus the ear canal leading down to the ear drum 2. The middle ear, meaning the ear drum, ear bones (ossicles) and the air spaces behind the ear drum and the mastoid cavities 3. The inner ear, meaning where the nerve endings are for the organs of hearing and balance (equilibrium). It is the middle ear that causes discomfort during air travel, and this is so because it is an air pocket inside the head that is vulnerable to changes in air pressure. Normally, each time (or each 2nd or 3rd time) you swallow, your ears make a little click or popping sound. This is the moment that a small bubble of air enters your middle ear, up from the back of your nose. It passes through the Eustachian tube, a membrane-lined tube about the size of a pencil lead which connects the back of the nose with the middle ear. The air in the middle ear is constantly being absorbed by its membranous linin...
Interpersonal relationships can be very hard to keep on an even keel when you have dementia. The people you love - those closest to you - can get on your nerves for very real reasons known only to the dementia sufferer. Events around you can get on your nerves, too. This particular blog will center on my innermost feelings of impatience and how it is affecting my life today. I have always been patient before. Having taught for thirty-four years, I had to draw upon this patience often. But this patience seems to be eluding me now, and I think what I am feeling borders on meanness. I may be being too hard on myself. It may not be meanness that I am really feeling at times, but simply impatience itself. I will try to explain. Please understand that I have not spoken to anyone about these most inner thoughts...I'm hoping that by writing about them, I can give some dimension to them in order to understand them- and myself - better. " It is the individual who knows how lit...
I always get an ear ache (sometimes in both ears) preceding a migraine attack. My doctor seems puzzled by this. Is ear pain something that other migraine sufferers have complained about or is this an uncommon symptom?
Thank you! Andra .
No, an ear ache is not unusual during a Migraine attack. The trigeminal nerve (TN) become inflamed when a Migraine attack begins, and due to the position of the branches of the TN, that can cause various levels of pressure or pain in the ear, along the lower jaw, above the eyes, and along the sinus cavities. This illustration shows this well -- Pathways of a Migraine .
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