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Can earwax build up damage hearing? My mom was cleaning my ears out & I suddenly can't hear out of one ear. Any solutions? It doesn't hurt.  

Can earwax build up damage hearing? My mom was cleaning my ears out & I suddenly can't hear out of one ear. Any solutions? It doesn't hurt.  

Yes: There are 2 possible explanations for why you have hearing loss. Fist of all, depending on how your mom cleaned your ears, she may have pushed the wax further in and created an impaction causing hearing loss. Secondly, the cleaning process may have damaged the canal or tympanic membrane. Have your physician take a look inside and will know immediately which it is. ...Read more

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I keep losing hearing one ear and it has loud ringing. It only lasts a few seconds & doesn't hurt. It has happened 3 times today. Should I be worried?

I keep losing hearing one ear and it has loud ringing. It only lasts a few seconds & doesn't hurt. It has happened 3 times today. Should I be worried?

Hearing loss/ringing: Many things can cause both hearing loss and ringing but should be examined by physician especially if it occurs only on one side and together. ...Read more

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One ear hurts after a football game. Is this normal? Did I permanently damage my hearing. Is there any way to improve hearing

One ear hurts after a football game. Is this normal? Did I permanently damage my hearing. Is there any way to improve hearing

No not normal: Now you say the ear hurts? Then you speak of your hearing. If you are having hearing loss see doctor. If the ear lobe itself hurts this is another issue. Still see the doctor but two different concerns here? ...Read more

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Ear ache I need help I don't know what to do I've been having bad pains in my left ear for about 3 or 4 days now. The side of my ear would hurt very bad. And my ear would sound like im in the mountains and it won't go away. I can only hear from one ear (wh

Ear ache I need help I don't know what to do I've been having bad pains in my left ear for about 3 or 4 days now. The side of my ear would hurt very bad. And my ear would sound like im in the mountains and it won't go away. I can only hear from one ear (wh

What: What you're describing sounds like eustachian tube dysfunction. If you get congested/sick/allergic/or are a smoker, your nose may not provide an open connection with the middle ear, so the pressure on either side of the eardrum can't equalize. That results in severe pressure that can decrease your hearing and cause pain. You should be evaluated by an ENT doctor, as most er doctors will erroneously prescribe you antibiotics. It would be helpful to have a specialist look (and test) that ear. ...Read more

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I can't hear out of one ear what can it be?

I can't hear out of one ear what can it be?

Hopefully wax: Many possibilities including wax, middle ear fluid, inflammation of your hearing nerve. You need to have someone look inside your ear preferably an ENT doctor. If there is no wax you need a hearing test. If you have something called "sudden deafness" then medication needs to be started asap. Although the vast majority of patients who call my office with your complaint have wax, don't assume it is. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and can't hear out of one ear. What should I do?

I have an ear infection and can't hear out of one ear. What should I do?

Common for ear infct: During a middle ear infection the ear space fills with fluid and suppresses the hearing in the affected ear by ~ 40 decibells. This may continue for 3-6 weeks but gradually clears with treatment and hearing returns to baseline level. Have it checked if it doesn't improve. ...Read more

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I think I have a sinus infection. Now I can't hear out of one ear. Could it be an ear infection? Should I go to the doctor?

I think I have a sinus infection. Now I can't hear out of one ear. Could it be an ear infection? Should I go to the doctor?

Wait/go your call: Some of these begin viral and end up bacterial. Both could self heal when your immune system kicks I but that could take months. To sort out whether prescription meds are needed and what those would be you need to see your doc. ...Read more

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Why can't I hear out of one ear?

Why can't I hear out of one ear?

A few things: Could be simply ear wax. Or something wrong with the hearing organ. See an ENT doc. ...Read more

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Can barely hear out of one ear when I grind on that side all night. Is this bad?

Can barely hear out of one ear when I grind on that side all night. Is this bad?

TMD: Grinding of the teeth or bruxism is an unconscious habit and represents oral tensional habits. However, this type of clenching rarely leads to an actual hearing loss, but more likely leads to a feeling of plugging or pressure in the ear. I would strongly recommend an ENT visit for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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After 11 days of vertigo should I still be a little dizzy and still not hear out of one ear at 80 %?

After 11 days of vertigo should I still be a little dizzy and still not hear out of one ear at 80 %?

Get it checked: Eleven days of vertigo is not normal. Neither is having reduced hearing in one ear, especially if they began together. It may be recoverable (the hearing) if treatment is prompt, usually with steroids.

The vertigo can mean something easily treated to something that is more serious. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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Can't get his ear to open up was on flight 28, 000 ft when the cabin pressure, they had emt exam him but he still can't hear fully out of one ear

Can't get his ear to open up was on flight 28, 000 ft when the cabin pressure, they had emt exam him but he still can't hear fully out of one ear

How: How long has his ear been plugged? What did the ENT physician find when he looked in the ear? (fluid, retracted eardrum only?). Has he had problems with recurrent ear infections in the past or associated with flying? If its just a retracted ear drum then he has a pressure lock of his eustacian tube. The treatment would be afrin (oxymetazoline) spray, valsalva type maneuvers (trying to gently pop ear by blowing nose while it is pinched shut), and your best friend, -tincture of time. If this doesn't resolve within a week I would go back to your ENT for futher recommendations. ...Read more

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I can’t hear properly out of one ear and it is extremely painful?

I can’t hear properly out of one ear and it is extremely painful?

Sounds like: Impacted Ear wax!! and an accompanying Otitis. You need a hands on exam and removal of any wax to begin with...

a walk in unit (Urgent Care Unit) visit is appropriate!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Ear irrigation: After the procedure, I still can't hear through one ear very well. Is this normal? How long should I wait before checking back in?

DO NOT WAIT!: You must contact your Ear specialist as soon as possible.
I am wearing hearing aids and it could be annoying. That said, I am very glad to have the hearing aids. ...Read more

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I have lost my hearing in one ear?

I have lost my hearing in one ear?

Get a hearing test: If this happened acutely it is likely you have fluid in your middle ear that is interfering with your hearing. Less likely, it could be a true one-sided hearing loss due to a neurologic problem. Get an audiology exam - many hospitals do these for free. If it is abnormal, follow up with an "ent" specialist - an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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I lost my hearing in one ear. What should I do?

I lost my hearing in one ear. What should I do?

See ENT: Loss of hearing in one ear should be looked into for possible causes. ...Read more

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Is it normal to hear good in one ear and low in the next?

Is it normal to hear good in one ear and low in the next?

Hearing loss.: We're supposed to have equivalent hearing in both ears. If you're hearing is less in one ear, this could represent inflammation, infection or damage to the hearing mechanism, or uncommonly something related to the brain's processing of input from the ear. This should be investigated by an ear, nose and throat doctor. ...Read more

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Child suffers sudden short of hearing in one ear after a cold?

Child suffers sudden short of hearing in one ear after a cold?

Very common: This is because fluid has likely built up in that middle ear area and it's like trying to hear underwater. First, be patient - these almost always clear on their own. If old enough, have child chew gum, "pop" ears like you do on a plane, eat gummy bears. If pain develops, then need to see doc, otherwise try to wait it out a bit over next couple of weeks and see if hearing returns. ...Read more

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Would I be disqualified from the military if I cannot hear properly from one ear?

Would I be disqualified from the military if I cannot hear properly from one ear?

Medical standards: “Current hearing threshold level in either ear greater than that described below is disqualifying: (1) Pure tone at 500, 1000, and 2000 cycles per second for each ear of not more than 30 decibels (dB) on the average, with no individual level greater than 35 dB at those frequencies. (2) Pure tone level not more than 45 dB at 3000 cycles per second or 55 dB at 4000 cycles per second for each ear. > ...Read more

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Sometimes one ear will ring and I will lose my hearing for a moment. What does that mean?

Sometimes one ear will ring and I will lose my hearing for a moment. What does that mean?

Time?: If this is only for a few seconds, it is probably not a problem, it it is consistently happening and for longer than a few minuts, especially if it happens in only one ear, you should see an ENT and also have a hearing test. Sometimes the ear just makes noises (tinnitus) but it can be a sign of previous hearing damage or hearing loss. ...Read more

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I can hear a little better out of my left ear. Is it normal to hear better out of one ear like this?

I can hear a little better out of my left ear. Is it normal to hear better out of one ear like this?

Abnormal: It's not normal to have diminished hearing in one ear compared to the other. Various potential causes are wax buildup, nerve damage, bone conduction disorder, perforated ear drum or scarring from old middle ear infections. An otolaryngologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more

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What can cause me to not hear well out of one ear?

What can cause me to not hear well out of one ear?

Many reasons: It can be due to something as easily treatable as wax impaction or as serious as an acoustic neuroma. There are a myriad of causes in between including fluid behind your ear drum. This needs to be examined and further evaluated by your ent. ...Read more

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Why do hear echo in one ear?

Why do hear echo in one ear?

Its annoying isn't it: Echoing in your ears for more than three to four days, consult your physician. Earwax, ear infections and sinus infections all can be easily treated. When suffering from an infection, follow your physician's recommended course of treatment. If the echo remains after the infection is treated, contact your physician. ...Read more

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Lost hearing partially in one ear. What are some causes of this?

Lost hearing partially in one ear. What are some causes of this?

Many causes: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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I am nooticing hearing difficulties in only one ear. Next steps?

See below: Wax or fluid
wax can wash out in shower sometimes
try benedryl if fever or pain see ENT to eval for otitis media
needs antibiotics. ...Read more

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Sudden shift in tone with hearing. Like a muffle in one ear. Then slowly returns to normal?

Sudden shift in tone with hearing. Like a muffle in one ear. Then slowly returns to normal?

Not clear.: There can be multiple causes of temporary changes in hearing. It may be something as simple as too much earwax or water in your ear, but it also could be more significant issues. If the problem persists, that I would see your family doctor. ...Read more

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Lost my hearing in one ear, when rub side of next near ear it sounds like its underwater why?

Lost my hearing in one ear, when rub side of next near ear it sounds like its underwater why?

Possible Congestion: What you describe sounds like congestion in the ear. It could also be a shift in pressure in the middle ear that makes it seem like temporary hearing loss. It is worth having your doctor check the ear for blockages or other issues causing your symptoms. ...Read more