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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Ear Wax (Definition)

Ear wax in the ear canal is a mixture of secretions from oil and sweat glands in the canal's skin. Shedded skin cells are also a major ingredient of ear wax. There are two genetically determined types of ear wax: the wet type and the dry type. While Asians and Native Americans are more likely to have the dry type (crumbly, flaky), Africans and Europeans are more likely to have the ...Read more


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What would cause your ear wax to be an amber color accompanied with slight hearing loss?

What would cause your ear wax to be an amber color accompanied with slight hearing loss?

? q-tip user: If you are a q-tip user as so many people are, you may have irritated your ear canal skin and caused slight bleeding. This bleeding may have mixed with the normal brown color of your cerumen (wax) and caused an amber color. Q-tip usage is the most common cause of impacted wax and may be the cause of your hearing loss. See ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I have had unilateral hearing loss for five years. During this time the ear affected has produced no earwax. Why? A blockage maybe?

I have had unilateral hearing loss for five years. During this time the ear affected has produced no earwax. Why? A blockage maybe?

May be unrelated: First it is important to determine the cause of your unilateral hearing loss. A deep plug of impacted wax could be a cause, but you need a thorough exam, complete hearing evaluation, and professional assessment of these results. It would be a mistake to assume the hearing loss is due to wax blockage. The loss of hearing in one ear can be a signal of more serious conditions and needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Excess earwax and itchiness in Right ear for past month, now I have clear liquid discharge from R ear. No injury, no hearing loss. What could it be?

Excess earwax and itchiness in Right ear for past month, now I have clear liquid discharge from R ear. No injury, no hearing loss. What could it be?

Clear discharge: With the time frame for this continuing it would be best to see an ENT physician to check to see what this is based on. Many things can present in this fashion and should be evaluated ...Read more

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Earwax in my ear canal. when myself or people talk louder than normal my ear whistles. no hearing loss. ?

Earwax in my ear canal. when myself or people talk louder than normal my ear whistles. no hearing loss. ?

Earwax: I think its due to the ear wax - attenuating the sounds. I would avoid using Q tips to clean your ears. Your family doctor should be able to flush your ears out if needed and that should take care of the problem. You can try warm water and hydrogen peroxide mixed 50/50 to help loosen the wax. ...Read more

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I haven't had ear wax for the past 3 yrs. Can this lead to hearing loss?

I haven't had ear wax for the past 3 yrs. Can this lead to hearing loss?

Please clarify: Do you mean literally that you haven't noticed ear wax in the past 3 years or that you haven't had ear wax cleaned out in three years? An excessive amount of ear wax, especially if it's pushed up against the ear drum, can cause hearing loss. One the wax is removed, hearing returns to baseline. In any case, don't stick anything into your ear canal--that can just make matters worse. Ouch! ...Read more

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I have a bilateral hearing loss and wear hearing aids. I have itp. Black ear wax and pain in my ear?

I have a bilateral hearing loss and wear hearing aids. I have itp.  Black ear wax and pain in my ear?

Hearing loss: Get this checked out. You could have a ruptured ear drum. The black wax could be dried blood settling into the wax. That could be why your hearing aids aren't working. ...Read more

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I have hearing loss and buzzing in left ear. Symptoms persist after having ear wax removed at doctor's office 48 hours ago. Time for ent?

I have hearing loss and buzzing in left ear. Symptoms persist after having ear wax removed at doctor's office 48 hours ago. Time for ent?

Yes.: I would recommend a visit with an ENT doctor, as well as a comprehensive hearing test. The onset of symptoms and the wax removal may or may not be connected to each other--an exam and comprehensive hearing test should shed more light on the situation. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Hearing Loss (Definition)

Hearing loss, or hearing impairment, is a partial or total loss of the ability to hear and can affect one or both ears. Causes of hearing loss include noise, genetics, aging, infections, or trauma. Hearing loss may be temporary or permanent. Most causes of hearing loss are correctable or treatable. Sufferers should consult ...Read more


Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Loss Of Balance (Definition)

Loss of balance is a symptom in which a person has trouble sitting, standing, or moving around because he feels dizzy, feels like he is falling to one side, has trouble coordinating his muscle movements, is under the ...Read more