Non-cancerous tumor of a nerve in the ear canal. Acoustic neuroma may cause hearing loss and balance problems.
Abnormal or hypersensitive reaction to a substance; may lead to infections in the ear, sinuses, or nasal passages, or to irritations of the throat.
Disorder of the inner ear characterized by severe dizziness, tinnitus (see below), and hearing loss.
Infection of the middle ear (area between the eardrum and eustachian tube).
Tumor-like masses which can develop from swollen nasal and sinus linings. Polyps may block sinus openings and cause bony erosion.
When working properly, secrete saliva to moisten mucous membranes in the mouth. This helps the taste buds taste and aids digestion.
Inflammation or infection of one or more of the paranasal sinuses (four pairs of air pockets in the head); can prevent drainage of mucus.
Loud sounds made in the throat during sleep, especially when the sleeper is on his or her back.
Temporary cessation of breathing during sleep; results from blockage of upper air passages in the throat. Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring and lethargy.
Fungal infection of the outer ear; made worse by dampness in the area.
Can be located in the tonsil, base of the tongue, larynx, or hypopharynx. Throat cancers may cause earaches; they are particularly common in people who smoke or drink.
Sensation of noises in the head or ears. Tinnitus may be caused by bacterial infection in the ear.
Inflammation or infection of the tonsils. Tonsillitis, if untreated, may lead to middle-ear and sinus infections.