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I have extreme ear pain, muffled hearing and difficulty balancing, along with dry black discharge. Is this an average infection or something more?

I have extreme ear pain, muffled hearing and difficulty balancing, along with dry black discharge. Is this an average infection or something more?

Severe infection: The combination of ear pain, drainage, hearing loss, and balance issues reveal a severe infection that should be examined by a specialist. The drainage, hearing loss, and ear pain is most likely a middle/outer ear infection. The balance issues could be a middle/inner ear issue depending on the exact symptoms. Seeing a specialist for immediate treatment is important so that is does not worsen.

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Left ear Sevier pain, Ringing, muffled hearing?

Left ear Sevier pain, Ringing, muffled hearing?

Several causes: Several causes can produce left earache, tinnitus, decreased hearing, such as: Otitis externa (swimmer's ear), acute labyrinthitis, otitis media (middle ear infection), Ménière's disease (vertigo, tinnitus, hearing deficit), eustachian tube dysfunction, mastoiditis (mastoid sinus infection/inflammation), and others. A physical exam is needed with your physician to identify the cause.

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Mild right ear pain and waking up with hearing loss in same ear for 3 days. Hearing comes back to normal over an hour or so. What could this be and what should I do?

Mild right ear pain and waking up with hearing loss in same ear for 3 days. Hearing comes back to normal over an hour or so. What could this be and what should I do?

Ear pain: You MAY have an ear infection or some other situation. In any case, please see your doctor ASAP. You don't want to do permanent damage or loose hearing permanently. Peace and good health.

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Severe ear pain day 6 post-tonsillectomy 4 past 2 days. Also noticing mild hearing loss. Is hearing loss common after tonsillectomy?

Severe ear pain day 6 post-tonsillectomy 4 past 2 days. Also noticing mild hearing loss. Is hearing loss common after tonsillectomy?

Very normal: Ear pain after tonsillectomy is totally normal. Usually peaks between days 3-6 after surgery. Hearing loss is probably related to swollen eustachian tube also normal.

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Woke up with ear pain two weeks ago and have had muffled hearing since. Pretty sure it's fluid. Is this an ear infection? Should I see a doctor?

Woke up with ear pain two weeks ago and have had muffled hearing since. Pretty sure it's fluid. Is this an ear infection? Should I see a doctor?

Yes.: Decreased hearing for two weeks needs to be checked out unless it is due to allergies and responds to an antihistamine. Either way, avoid loud noises in the meantime and avoid respiratory tract/skin irritants/allergens in the environment (like smoke, fragrances, aerosols).

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23yrs old. Diagnosed with asymmetric sensor neural hearing loss in right ear. Ear pain and discomfort that comes and go. Had an MRI. Outcomes?

23yrs old. Diagnosed with asymmetric sensor neural hearing loss in right ear. Ear pain and discomfort that comes and go. Had an MRI. Outcomes?

Assuming: That you were not exposed to a loud noise or noises on one side of your body (eg shooting a gun without proper PPI (Personal Protect Equipment) the MRI is INDEED INDICATED to r/o acoustic neuroma (a BENIGN tumor of the acoustic nerve) Hope this is helpful! BE WELL Dr Z

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Please help for ist 4days- ear pain, eardurms (retracted), ear fullness then- tinnitus, ear crackling on swallow, earfullness (sometimes) no hearing loss?

See an ENT doctor: Ear pain and fullness can be due to tmd (temporo-mandibular disorder). Retraction of drum may indicate eustachian tube obstruction, but that requires a specialist's observation. Crackling on swallowing is normal. The presence of normal hearing strongly indicates no pathology in the external or middle ear.

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Why am I having ear problems still? So in I had sinus infections for months then developed severe ear pain, ringing, hearing loss, numbness etc

Ear problems: See an ear nose and throat specialist. You may have eustachian tube disfunction coupled with allergic rhinitis.The fluid in your middle ears age giving you pain and causing ringing.

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I've been told I have otosclerosis and have too have hearing aids as I have 15% hearing loss in both ears I am in constant pain with earache with it?

I've been told I have otosclerosis and have too have hearing aids as I have 15% hearing loss in both ears I am in constant pain with earache with it?

Need specialist eval: Your complaints of pain would not be due to otosclerosis. You need an ear nose and throat specialist evaluation to determine the cause of your pain. It could be inflammation, infection, eustachian tube dysfunction, cholesteotoma or a host of other possible causes. Sorry the centers not more helpful. Best of luck Dr. R

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Periods of vertigo and one of my ears feeling full and tinnitus; earache in my right ear (feels like a bruise inside my ear); no hearing loss.

Periods of vertigo and one of my ears feeling full and tinnitus; earache in my right ear (feels like a bruise inside my ear); no hearing loss.

Be examined: With those symptoms you should see an ear nose and throat surgeon to sort out the cause. This is not normal. All the best.

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What to do if I have ear pain in myright ear it is clogged & hearing is weak?

What to do if I have ear pain in myright ear it is clogged & hearing is weak?

Wax or fluid: Pain, blockage and decreased hearing in an adult implies fluid in the middle ear behind the ear drum or wax build up against the ear drum. Either cause deserves an examination by your physician who may then send you to a specialist.

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Severe right ear pain which stared today. Have cold since last week. Right side of face is slightly swollen and hearing is compromised on that side.?

Ear infection: May be ear infection. Or TMJ. See MD. You may need antibiotics. IF TMJ, see TMJ expert. See a TMJ-orofacial pain expert to help evaluate and treat your problem. A TMJ-oro-facial pain expert can be general dentist, an oral surgeon, prosthodontist, orofacial pain specialist. Ask your physician, dentist or dental society for a recommendation.

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60 year old female ok health but just now severe ear pain, burning sensation in ear, hearing faded?

60 year old female ok health but just now severe ear pain, burning sensation in ear, hearing faded?

Just a: Thought but you could have something as simple as WAX IMPACTION in that ear!!!

See a Health Provider for a hands on ear exam and treatment!

Hope this helps!

Dr Z

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3 yo was wiggling when I cleaned her ear. She cried I stopped. She complained of ear pain last night. I found blood today. Her hearing is fine.?

3 yo was wiggling when I cleaned her ear. She cried I stopped. She complained of ear pain last night. I found blood today. Her hearing is fine.?

Ear canal delicate: The ear canal is where wax collects, and we as parents want to get it out! But we should only use strategies that DON'T involve inserting something into the ear--even if it's very soft. Products like Debrox are a more gentle way to clean the ear. To be sure there was no damage to other structures, recommend you have your Pediatrician look in the ear.

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Have a cold, pain in ears, hearing became muffled, keeps switching from both ears, specks of blood in ear wax?

Have a cold, pain in ears, hearing became muffled, keeps switching from both ears, specks of blood in ear wax?

Otitis externa?: Unless your eardrums have been perforated, there should not be blood in the earwax. The presence of blood suggests that you have been sticking something into the ear canal and the trauma is causing the bleeding. Alternatively, water might have got into your ear causing an infection. Best to contact your doctor to find out.