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Why does my left ear occasionally have an area that feels numb ?

Why does my left ear occasionally have an area that feels numb? The area is around the top, on the outter part of the ear. What could be the cause of this? I don t experience any pain, and the numbness comes and goes several times daily. I ve not suffered any type of injury or trauma.
Asked On : Fri, 30 Sep 2011
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
1. Sensation to the outer ear (Pinna / AUricle) is supplied by many nerves.
2. Based on the sensory nerve supply of the top of the pinna / auricle, which is via the Greater Auricular Nerve and the Lesser Occipital Nerve, I will suggest that you get investigated for pressure on these nerves which arise from the C2,C3 level of the Cervical Plexus.
3. Treatment will be necessary only if this is progressive or worsening.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Pavan Kumar Gupta's  Response
Hello.welcome.You try sleeping on the right side.May be your pinna of left ear is being pressed excessively during your sleep.If no relief then contact ENT doctor for local examination and diagnosis.Good luck.
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