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A 28-year-old male asked:

I suspect that my ear canal is blocked after using an earbud to clear wax. hearing has been impaired since. no pain or imbalance so i dont suspect an eardrum rupture/tear?

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Dr. Aveshen Govender
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Needs exam: See your Family Practitioner or an ENT for otoscopy and treatment plan. Impacted wax may require ear syringing
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It happens: I caution the use of earbuds. If you remember what an old cannon looks like an earbud is basically a ramrod & just the right size to push it in toward the drum (like a cannon ball). It can easily cause an accumulation of wax near the drum that would drop hearing up to 30% or so. An exam can confirm or find another issue.

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