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Can't Hear Out Of One Ear And It Hurts
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
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?
One ear hurts after a football game. Is this normal? Did I permanently damage my hearing. Is there any way to improve hearing
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: Most are these causes are not serious and are correctable. See an ENT doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
The fullness is: Likely fluid and that would make hearing a bit muffled. ...Read more
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