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Ear fullness Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Ear fullness. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the ear fullness?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic. Acute ear fullness may suggest acute otitis media, otitis externa (outer ear infection), eustachian tube catarrh or hay fever. Chronic ear fullness may suggest chronic otitis media, chronic otitis externa, eustachian tube catarrh or Meniere's disease.

  2. Have you had a recent upper respiratory tract infection?

    Why: e.g. sore throat, runny nose, sinusitis - may suggest acute otitis media.

  3. Have you been swimming recently and where?

    Why: may suggest otitis externa.

  4. Has there been any trauma to ear canal?

    Why: may suggest otitis externa.

  5. Have you put anything into the ear canal?

    Why: e.g. ear bud - may suggest foreign body.

  6. Has there been recent diving or flying?

    Why: may suggest barotrauma to ear drum and may present with pain, fullness, deafness, dizziness, ringing in the ears and sometimes a discharge.

  7. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. allergic skin conditions such as eczema may predispose to otitis externa.

  8. Ear pain?

    Why: may suggest acute otitis media (most likely), otitis externa, foreign body or chronic otitis media (sometimes is accompanied by ear pain). The location of the ear pain may also assist in diagnosis e.g. in ear, behind ear or below the ear.

  9. Fever?

    Why: suggests otitis media.

  10. Hearing loss?

    Why: may suggest acute otitis media, chronic otitis media, otitis externa, foreign body, barotrauma.

  11. Symptoms of acute otitis media ?

    Why: e.g. deep-seated ear pain, deafness , fever, a discharge may follow if the tympanic membrane ruptures which results in relief of pain and fever.

  12. Symptoms of otitis externa?

    Why: e.g. itching at first, pain, fullness feeling in the ear canal, mild discharge, hearing loss.

  13. Symptoms of Meniere's disease?

    Why: e.g. nausea, vomiting, tinnitus, vertigo, sensorineural deafness.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Ear fullness:

The following list of conditions have 'Ear fullness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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