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how long after an ear infection will i be able to hear

A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
10-21 days: Maybe sooner depending on how inflammed and how much fluid there is behind the eardrum.
Dr. Robert Knox
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Hearing & Ear Infect: Fluid may persists for weeks after an ear infection -- 60% clear by 4 weeks, 75% clear by 8 weeks, and 95% clear by 12 weeks after infection. Gently, ... Read More
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Dr. Anna Meyer
18 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Usually < 3 months: When you get fluid behind your ear drum from an ear infection, or sometimes from just a cold, 50% of people will have the fluid clear up in one month, ... Read More

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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
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45 years experience Hospital-based practice
May be: There will be some hearing loss in a ear infection, because of the associated swelling of the ear drum. If it persists a few days, it definitely needs ... Read More
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Common: Quite commonly you may have a bit of hearing issues with an infected ear, particularly if there is fluid behind the eardrum. It should resolve within ... Read More
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Dr. Luke Hermann
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes: Fluid often accumulates in the middle ear space during (and after) an ear infection. This fluid lots the ability of the ear drum to move in response t ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Reyes
37 years experience General Practice
Two to three months: When you have a middle ear infection there is fluid accumulated in midle ear due to dysfunction of the eustaquian tube. Even with the fever and sympto ... Read More
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Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
23 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Variable: Depends on whether you have fluid behind your ear drums. This is a common result of an ear infection and can actually last up to 3 months! if it lasts ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Jaindl
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
It varies.: Usually the fluid in the middle ear resolves by 3 months. There are some things that can be done to speed it up. Talk with your doctor. If the fluid h ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Hearing: After an ear infection, the ear drum will be swollen and there could be fluid in the middle ear. Both of these problems need to resolve before your h ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-4 wks.Most adults will improve within ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ear infection: Depends on the amount of tissue swelling, eustachian tube function, efficacy of antibiotics, whether or not perforation is present, drainage, etc. Cou ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Hearing: Either ear canal is blocked with debris or have fluid in middle ear. See ENT and get audiogram.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: During any ear infection a kid will have temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the ear for up to 4-6 wks. If the infection & muck is not c ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chad Rudnick
9 years experience Pediatrics
Needs evaluation: from what you're describing, I would recommend seeing a doctor in person so they can look in your ear, evaluate your symptoms, and prescribe the appro ... Read More

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