Dulness of hearing with swelling and catarrh of the Eustachian tubes and of the cavity of the tympanum. External ear inflamed, swelling of the external meatus. Mastoid disease (see clinical case below). Oversensitive to noise. Foul otorrhoea. Ears open at times with loud report. Suppurative otitis when discharge is thin, ichorous, and offensive and attended with bone destruction.
Natrum phos [Nat-p]
Ears sore, outer part covered with soft, thin, cream-like scabbing, deposit on tongue yellow. One ear red, hot, frequently itchy, accompanied by gastric derangement and acidity. Discharge of pus from ears.
Natrum sulph [Nat-s]
Earache as if something were forcing its way out. Worse in damp weather. Ringing in ears as of bells.
Calcarea fluor [Calc-f]
Mastoid disease when the periosteum is affected rather than the bone itself. (Houghton.) Calcareous deposits on the tympani and tinnitus.
EAR DISEASES- CASES [Ear Diseases- Cases]
Boy, with history of catarrhal disease of the ear of seven years’ standing, suffers at times pain, and has often tinnitus; at present suffering with a subacute attack of catarrhal inflammation of middle ear with slight pain. Ferrum phos. relieved this; the next time he was seen there still remained closure of the Eustachian tube; the mucous membrane of the pharynx was pale. Kali mur. entirely removed this, and normal hearing returned.
A boy, aet. 15, had an ear trouble of twelve years’ standing, and suffered from suppuration of the middle ear, resulting from scarlet fever. At present both ears are inflamed; no pain, but has subjective noises, hearing greatly diminished, pus fills the meatus, Eustachian tube is dilatable, right membrana tympani is granular and left perforated pharynx thick. Calcarea sulph. commenced at once and continued to improve; the granular appearance of the right membrana tympani disappeared, and the improvement was phenomenal.
Chronic suppurative inflammation of the middle ear from scarlet fever, both ears suppurating, both canals filled with pus of a dark color and foetid in character. Kali phos. entirely cured. (Houghton, Clinical Otology).
CALCAREOUS DEPOSITS AND TINNITUS AURIUM- Case of man, aged 43, complained of crawling sensation all over skin, roaring in ear, worse night, cold feet, ankles and wrists; calcareous deposits on membrana tympani of right ear, largest about size of a pin. Calcarea fluor200. cured in four months. Deposits and roaring remained cured as proved by examination less than a year afterward. (Dr. Royal E. S. Hayes).
Prof. Houghton, in his excellent treatise on Clinical Otology, presents many remarkable cases illustrative of the action of these remedies. The above cases were selected as those in which no other remedies or means were employed. Numerous cases of the beneficial action of Ferrum phos., Kali mur. and Calcarea sulph. in aural practice can be found in this work.
Acute inflammation of the middle ear commenced by a full feeling in the ear and dull hearing. Pain occurred on performing Valsalva’s procedure, This condition, which grew rapidly worse, continued for forty-eight hours, when the physician was called and found the following conditions. The pain was paroxysmal, there was a sensation of a plug in the ear, membrana tympani injected and bulged, but no evidence of exudation in the tympanic cavity. Posterior wall of meatus auditorious bright red in color, ear very sensitive to manipulation. Ferrum phos. 6x, every hour. Improvement was immediate. Remedy discontinued in forty-eight hours.
Dr. H.W. Champlin reports several cases of otitis media treated successfully with Ferrum phos. He says it is effectual in potencies from 3x to 6x, and insists that it should be given alone. Prescribe no other medicinal agent with
Mrs., aet. 45, February 16, 1887. About three years ago began to be troubled with pain and noises in the left ear, aggravated greatly at the time of the menses, the pain severe and neuralgic in character, extending over the left side of the head. The noises seem to get their character from some pronounced sound which is heard, and this persists sometimes for hours. For the last six months there has been no further pain on left side, but deafness is constant. The right side is now beginning to become deaf, but with no pain and no noises. This has been going on upon the right side for several months. General health excellent, with the exception of redness, fulness and desire to rub and pull the skin about the neck, for a few days after the menses, with marked swelling of the glands of the neck at the same time. This has been noticed only during the time that the ears have been troublesome. The fork is heard best on the left side by bone conduction, and best on the right side by air conduction. Meatus tympani dry and depressed. Eustachian tube on the left almost occluded, on the right more free. Frequent burning of the auricle on the left side Kali mur. 6x cured. (H.P. Bellows, M.D., in N.E. November, 1889).