Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 12 and Older
Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
- Do you have ear pain?
- When did the pain start?
were you doing when the pain started?
- Does the pain come from the
inside or the outside of your ear?
- Has the pain been constant, or
does it come and go?
- Does anything make the pain better or
- Have you ever had this type of ear problem before?
If yes, what was the diagnosis and how was it treated?
- What other
symptoms do you have? Do you have a fever, runny nose, cough, congestion, or
- Do you suspect a hearing problem? Be prepared to
describe your symptoms.
- Do you have hearing loss or ringing in the
- Does your hearing problem
affect just one ear or both ears?
- Do you use hearing aids?
- Have you had a
recent injury to the ear?
- Do you have any other symptoms in your
eye, teeth, jaw, facial muscles, or neck that might suggest
- Do you have drainage from
the ear? If yes, what does it look and smell like?
- Have you had
problems with earaches or ear infections in the past?
- Have you been
swimming or had other recent exposure to water, such as through surfing,
kayaking, or scuba diving?
- Do you regularly use a hot tub or home
- Have you recently traveled by plane?
- What home
treatment measures have you used? Be sure to include nonprescription and
prescription medicines you have tried.
- Do you have any
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 30, 2014
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