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Ear Wax Blocking Ear Drum
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
Inner Ear: Loud noise damages the microscopic hair cells in the inner ear. This damage manifests itself as tinnitus. Only an extremely loud, concussive blast ( like a bomb exploding) can rupture an eardrum. I've noticed you are asking many, many questions on tinnitus and hearing loss. You really need to see an ear specialist to examine your ears and do a hearing test. ...Read more
Eustachian Tube: A clogged ear with no infection or fluid in the ear is usually the result of a poorly functioning eustachian tube. This is the connection from the middle ear to the nose, responsible for maintaining proper air pressure in the ear.When clogged, the ear feels full or stuffy. ...Read more
No: This should go away after your tube is unblocked. If it doesn't in a few days please see a doctor. ...Read more
Sometimes: The size of the perforation is critically important. A perforation of less than 3 mm. often can heal spontaneously. But it is imperative to know if there is any chronic middle ear infection. If a small traumatic perforation is present in the absence of infection, the perforation may heal itself. ...Read more
Possibly: If ear wax has been pushed against the ear drum, many symptoms related to the ear may occur. If impacted wax is the problem, that can cause hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing). In general, wax is a healthy coating of the ear and is modified sweat. Wax has antibacterial properties and lubricates the ear canal skin. The ear cleans itself. If excessive, it should be cleaned out by a specialist. ...Read more
No: Ear wax would not affect Eustachian tube function in either ear. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Ear pain, jaw pain near ear, ear ringing, ear clogged/cant hear, feels like water in ear, general congestion/dark mucus. Any ideas/recs? Thx!
No, but...: ...trying to clean out wax with a cotton swab or other object CAN injure your ear drum. If you think your ear needs cleaning, it would be be safest to see your doctor for this. Do not insert cotton swabs into the ear canal. You can use 1-2 drops of mineral oil in each ear 1-2 times per week to avoid the ear clogging with wax. ...Read more
Not per se but...: If your ear canal is blocked by the impacted ear wax then you don't have air conduction on that side but only bone conduction and you may hear the pounding of the small artery running through your ear not masked by the street sounds. First, get the ear wax thoroughly removed and the pounding will probably stop. ...Read more
I used hydrogen peroxide to try to dissolve my impacted ear wax that is stuck to my eardrum. It didn't work?
Last winter i briefly got sick. In my left ear, ear wax has been stuck behind my ear drum since then. Will this heal over time?
I cannot heat as well.
Get checked: Unless there's a hole in your eardrum (perforation) you cannot have wax stuck behind your eardrum. More likely, there is mucus in there but, it should not last a whole year after a cold. You need to be examined by an ENT who can evaluate your ear and hearing health. Expect to have formal hearing testing done when you go in, called an audiogram. The whole thing should be painless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Peroxide: Be very careful. Hydrogen peroxide can damage you ears and cause serious trouble. ...Read more
've been hit hard on my right ear then felt it was blocked,been diagnosed with water on ear drum, stikkfeel my hearing is reduced. Is it ear wax or wt?
Build up ear wax, put some olive oil, nothing came out and my ear is bumged up. Cant have it syringed coz perforated eardrum in the past, what to do?
When u hve build up of ear wax & ear drum can't b seen....Can this cause h/aches ear ache dizzyness and sinus pressure best way 2 clean ear drum please
What can i do to get my hard ear wax out, i tried debrox for 3 days but that only help and theres still ear wax blocking. i cant get to the hospital?
Just say NO to Q-tip: "do not stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear!" to clean your ears: 1) use household peroxide - place several drops in your ear, let it sit for 10-15 minutes and repeat for the other side. Take a shower and let the water clean out your ears. 2) use over the counter debrox. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skin and wax gland: Cerumen or ear wax is a product of sloughed off dead skin and the compound produced by your cerumen glands in your outer ear canal. The consistency can range from moist to dry and flaky. It depends on the relative oil content of the cerumen gland product and amount of sloughed off skin. ...Read more
Cerumen: Blue ear wax is a very uncommon problem. When infected with a certain strain of pseudomonas, it can turn a deep bluish color. It is exceptionally rare and is usually from infection, if symptoms of pain, throbbing, discharge or hearing loss are going on, get your ear checked out to make sure you get the right treatment. ...Read more
You don't: Impacted ear canal wax is not so easy to remove. If it has been documented that you have such a problem, using hydrogen peroxide 4 times a day for a week will usually liquify the wax so it can easily be irrigated with warm water. An ENT doctor is the most experienced doctor to evaluate this problem. ...Read more
Carefully by an ENT: If it's impacted 9 times out of 10 it was pushed in by a well intentioned q-tip. Removing impacted wax is bread and butter for an ENT doctor. We have the proper skill and equipment. Anything that you try has the risk of further aggravating your ear leading to worsening impaction and risking infection and pain. Do nothing and contact an ENT doctor for help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alternative: There isn't much you can do to change how much wax you make. It depends on your skin type. You can, however, soothe the ear canal skin with over the counter and prescription preparations. See an ENT for an examination & specific advice before putting anything anything into your ears. If you have a damaged eardrum, you shouldn't put most things in your ears. ...Read more