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Spotlight on Mastoiditis

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:33:50 AM Australia/Melbourne

Spotlight on MastoiditisWe know, we know, some of these ear inflictions truly have the most unique names, don’t they? We hope that this means that they’ll stay readily at the top of your brain and that you’ll be completely in tune to both the symptoms and the importance to treat, after reading this article. After all, Hearlink strongly believes that by highlighting the different ways that we can negatively impact our hearing, we are spreading valuable knowledge that you can keep in mind next time you think you have a simple earache. Bottom line, the Hearlink team wants to be your first line of defense. If you ever have any questions about symptoms or treatments, we would love to hear from you! As noted above, today we’re diving into mastoiditis.


Mastoiditis focuses on a bone directly behind the ear that has been said to be rather sponge-like. There are two very different parts of this bone. If you’re simply looking at the outer part of the bone, you’ll see very dense bone. However, if you’re looking at the most-inner part, then you’ll see a different picture entirely—very tiny air sacs, all of which intersect with each other. Now this mastoid communicates directly with the middle ear, a very important role. When the mastoid is healthy, it’s all systems go. But when the mastoid process is infected, well then you have mastoiditis. It’s the most common in young children, similarly to many other ear infections. That being said, adults can catch it quite easily as well.


So how does one come into contact with such a thing? Well, you just learned that there is a very important bond between the mastoid and the middle ear. Unfortunately, the middle ear sometimes becomes the negative Nancy in this relationship. Why? You may wonder. It’s ear infections of the middle ear, which can easily spread to the mastoid and cause mastoiditis. Far less common, but also possible is cholesteatoma. This is a skin growth, not very common, which can spread along the ear drum. As the skin growth enhances, it will block the middle ear from possible draining, which can also lead directly to mastoiditis.


That being said, the above-mentioned causes are not ones that normally jump out at those impacted. In addition, common symptoms which may indicate mastoiditis include- fevers, headaches, irritability, loss of appetite, discharge from the ear, and pain, tenderness and swelling directly behind the ear. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, it’s strongly recommended that you immediately reach out to a hearing professional like those on the team at Hearlink. We’ll discuss what the issue could be, as well as an appropriate treatment plan. In this case, the recommendation is generally antibiotics, but surgery is not necessary ruled out! The first rule of thumb is always to look at whatever discharge may be on the scene.


Questions? Comments? Concerns? Give the Hearlink team a shout. We would love to hear from you.

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