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For the past three months my righ ear has an instant pain behind the ear that lasts maybe 10 second followed by clicking sounds like a clock or tiny metal tapping sounds. Please advise. Debbye

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replied May 18th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A12175
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem to be suffering from tinnitus, a hearing disorder that can subject you to all sorts of bizarre ear noises. Nerves and special nerve endings inside inner ear simply wear out with age and overexposure to loud noise. That means your inner ear may be sending fake sounds to your brain. Tinnitus may be caused by an earache, a bacterial infection, fluid in the middle ear, a hole in the eardrum or a big plug of wax or in very few cases it could be the result of a tumor on the auditory nerve of the inner ear.
You must consult ENT specialist to clear up this problem. Avoid too much aspirin (>8-10/day) and avoid loud noise.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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