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Strange waxy build up - not in my ear canal, but in the flap (where the helix folds in). Usually dry , sometimes moist, ALWAYS painful to remove?

Strange waxy build up - not in my ear canal, but in the flap (where the helix folds in). Usually dry , sometimes moist, ALWAYS painful to remove?

Dermatitis: It's best that you see your Family Doc or Dermatologist for evaluation. Or ask for video Virtual Consult w/HealthTap doc who can see what you're referring to. Common causes that might explain your post are eczema (sensitive skin) & psoriasis. Or perhaps you have an untreated infection. Regardless, see your doc for evaluation, diagnosis & treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it typical for young children to have recurring moisture buildup in the ear behind the eardrum?

Is it typical for young children to have recurring moisture buildup in the ear behind the eardrum?

Yes: The middle ear makes fluid in everyone. If the eustachian tube is blocked, the fluid builds up. In babies and young children, the area where the eustachian tube opens in the back of the nose is narrow and can get inflamed easily by nasal sinus problems or adenoid enlargement, hence the increased incident of ear infections and fluid in children. ...Read more

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Buzz sounds in my both ears,excessive wax in my ears? how to prevent wax blockage

Buzz sounds in my both ears,excessive wax in my ears? how to prevent wax blockage

Get examined: Not all ear blockage is ear wax. Get examined to rule out infection or disease of the external auditory canal. There is no know medication to "prevent" ear wax formation. Good ear hygiene and gentle cleaning with warm water and Q-tips. Most physician's offices can remove excess wax; however, it will come back. ...Read more

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Can some person with otitis media dint feeling any pain in their ear but have ringing in their ear instead ?

Can some person with otitis media dint feeling any pain in their ear but have ringing in their ear instead ?

Pain threshold: Sometimes otitis develops slowly and people do not feel pain. But otitis is inflammation and fluid behind the ear drum and cause mechanical obstruction of the eardrums natural movement...And this can lead to the ringing on the ears. ...Read more

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Almost year around post nasal drip that reflects in alternating ear discomfort with external wet ears. facial, chest and behind ear seborheic dermatit?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Almost year around post nasal drip that reflects in alternating ear discomfort with external wet ears. facial, chest and behind ear seborheic dermatit?

See your Family Doc: It sounds to me like you have several issues going on at same time. Post-nasal drip could be from allergies which could lead to ear discomfort b/c Eustachian tube dysfunction. OTC antihistamines can often help. Seborrheic dermatitis is a separate condition (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seborrheic-dermatitis/basics/definition/con-20031872) as are your wet ears: otorrhea? infection? ...Read more

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Can impacted ear wax in one ear cause Eustachian Tube Dysfunction to be worse in both ears?

Can impacted ear wax in one ear cause Eustachian Tube Dysfunction to be worse in both ears?

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

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Sunken eardrums in both ears. Are painful to touch, loss of hearing .Feels like theres a hole in my right ear with sand in it. Ears will not pop?

Sunken eardrums in both ears. Are painful to touch, loss of hearing .Feels like theres a hole in my right ear with sand in it. Ears will not pop?

Need diagnosis: Sunken ear drums can only be identified by a physician. Usually that means a negative pressure in the middle ear. You can not personally touch the ear drum so what do you mean when you say "tender to touch". If you mean the outer ear is tender to touch, that may indicate an infection in the outer ear (external otitis). You need a more specific diagnosis by an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Is head bandage better or headband after otoplasty forprominent ears in adults?

Is head bandage better or headband after otoplasty forprominent ears in adults?

Varies by surgeon: Thr postoperative regimen will vary by surgeon. In my practice i will ask patients wear a very compressive head bandage forapproximately the first 24 hours. Then they are asked to wear a headband or other covering over the ears for 24hrs x 7 days and then at night for an additional 14 days. ...Read more

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High pitched noise/ringing in ear. Silence in ear before it happens.

High pitched noise/ringing in ear. Silence in ear before it happens.

Tinnitus: The ringing in your ear is called tinnitus and usually is a sign of changes in your hearing. This can be secondary to prior loud noise exposure, such as loud music, headphones, working around jet engines, but can accompany other inner ear conditions such as Meniere's. Audiometric exams can help quantify and design treatment measures. ...Read more

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Why can't ear fluid in the middle ear be seen with those who have inner ear disorders?

Why can't ear fluid in the middle ear be seen with those who have inner ear disorders?

Isn't there: Those with inner ear issues do not by their diagnosis, need any middle fluid to be present.Inner ear disorders reflect an attack of the ear nerve, that usually comes through the bloodstream. Someone with inner ear disease can have incidental middle ear fluid and that may be visible. ...Read more

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Head bandage vs headband after otoplasty for prominent ears in adults, which is better?

Head bandage vs headband after otoplasty for prominent ears in adults, which is better?

Why choose?: Each offers benefits. I send patients home with a head wrap for security. Once the wrap is removed, a head band is used at night. It should protect the ears from folding forward, but should not be tight. Tight bands can cause injury to the skin and change the shape of the ear. Be sure to check with your plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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My three-year-old is speech delayed. He has tubes in his ears but still has lots of wax constantly in his ears. How can I prevent wax buildup?

My three-year-old is speech delayed. He has tubes in his ears but still has lots of wax constantly in his ears. How can I prevent wax buildup?

Speech delay: I am sorry2hear this. I am sure he has been worked up by his pediatrician or sent u for a consultation 4a developmental assessment. There r providers who provide speech therapy and my patients usually have significant improvement form this. As far as the wax build up goes, since he has tubes in his ears, all u can do is clean with a tissue, make sure u don"t use q-tips, they push wax further back. ...Read more

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Does over sensitive hearing exist in adults, or we all lose some hearing by adulthood?

Does over sensitive hearing exist in adults, or we all lose some hearing by adulthood?

Hearing loss: Almost but not quite all of us will lose some hearing, particularly in higher frequencies, as we get older. Factors that determine this are our exposure to sustained loud noises (machine operations, loud concerts/headphones, etc.) and simple aging that leads to a condition called "presbycusis", mild, progressive, high frequency hearing loss associated with aging. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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Can a hole in the ear drum cause frequent ear infections? Ear was fine till ruptured and had 4-5 infections in 6mnths in same ear as hole

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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Can a hole in the ear drum cause frequent ear infections? Ear was fine till ruptured and had 4-5 infections in 6mnths in same ear as hole

Yes it can: Need to plug your ear on the perforated side till seen by ENT, to decide whether surgery is needed to graft the drum, wax plugs sre available, different treatment options and at times antibiotic ear drops adminstered prophylactically, ENT evaluation and follow up are needed ...Read more

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I brought my son into dr. They said ears were fine, but his left ear has green, crusty wax in it, is that an ear infection? He covers both ears to even

I brought my son into dr. They said ears were fine, but his left ear has green, crusty wax in it, is that an ear infection? He covers both ears to even

May be Wax: It could be ear wax, which sometimes looks quite colorful. If you say the doctor and then a few days later, he developed this, then he could have developed an ear infection and ruptured the ear drum. I have seen an ear go from normal to horrible in less than 4 hours. ...Read more

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I suffer from built up wax in both ears and it's affecting my hearing?

I suffer from built up wax in both ears and it's affecting my hearing?

Disimpaction: Go to doctor for the wax to be removed. We have many methods for removing the wax. Your hearing can be restored! ...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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Can teething make ear(s) sore/ feel clogged with a muffled hearing in adults?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Can teething make ear(s) sore/ feel clogged with a muffled hearing in adults?

Ear Infection or TMJ: TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears and muffled hearing. Often people mistake TMJ pain for an ear problem (ear infection), when the ear is not the problem at all. See your PCP for a differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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