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Hello Mr Levi,

I am sorry if this is not within your area of expertise. I am still asking this because I did not find any other expert in the area of ear.

My father is 70 years old and is diabetic for the past 20 years. His sugar is quite in control..usually varies between 125 to 150 and he regularly walks long distances.

Since last one week he is not able to stand or walk. He updated me that he has been using a medication for Vertigo for the last 15 days. We did visit a doctor and he found that the ear is infected and advised him a CT scan on the head/ear and also a tablets : Cetrizine and drops to be put in the ear.

I think his middle ear and outer ear is infected and maybe it is getting tranfered into the cochlea. What do you suggest me to do ?
Can the 'imbalance' be rectified by any means ?

Thanks and Regards,
-Chandan

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Chandan,

This is not Mr Levi....I'm not sure how I got this question, but I am Dr Linton and can answer the question also.  

It is true that infection can get in the "inner ear".  The balance system and the inner ear system share the same internal fluid so when infection gets in the inner ear it usually affects the balance system causing dizziness and vertigo.  This vertigo will usually resolve once the infection has cleared up.  Certainly if the vertigo/balance problems continue once medical treatment has stopped, then I would see an ENT specialist.  

Many times it is a matter of waiting until the infection clears before the patient feels in control of their balance again.

Thank you for your question.
Kelley Linton, AuD
Doctor of Audiology      centerforhearing.net

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I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.

Experience

I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.

Organizations
Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association

Publications
Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas

Education/Credentials
Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors
American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients
Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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